RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 14:  Taliqua Clancy of Australia dives for the ball during a Women's Quarterfinal match between the United States and Australia on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Beach Volleyball Arena on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 14: Taliqua Clancy of Australia dives for the ball during a Women's Quarterfinal match between the United States and Australia on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Beach Volleyball Arena on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) Sean M. Haffey

Aussie girls hit the wall

BEACH VOLLEYBALL: It was always going to take something special to beat Australian pair Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy (pictured).

And it did with American three-time gold medallist Kerri Walsh Jennings and playing partner April Ross ending the Aussies' campaign, 21-14 and 21-16, in their quarter-final.

Walsh Jennings is through to the semi-finals for the fourth straight time, having claimed gold in Athens, Beijing and London.

"I think we prepared well and we had a good game plan. I think execution was just a little bit off. They put us under a fair amount of pressure,” Bawden said.

"I know there's things we could have done a bit better, just to give us more of an attacking edge against those guys, which is where you have to be if you want to beat them.”

The Aussies had won all three of their group games and their last-16 clash.


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