We realise it’s been a long time since our last post. Just a quick update, Natacha and Elodie started the year with a nice surprise of being voted and winning Team of the Year in Mauritius. Thank you to everyone who continually support the team.
This year to get ready, the pair decided to go to where beach volleyball all started and train for 3 weeks.
The team is currently continuing to gear up for the season which will start in China for the FIVB Swatch tournaments taking place in Sanya, Shanghai and Beijing. Then off to Rwanda for May 24-26 where the African Continental finals will be taking place. The winner of this tournament will be guaranteed a spot at the Olympics.
Till next time.
Beach volleyball made it’s debut at the All African Games in Maputo, Mozambique and during four days of intense competition Team Mauritius came out on top. This win is one for the history books.
On the women’s side there were 11 teams present to participate at these games with Kenya and Nigeria coming in ranked top 2 at the start of the games. In a double elimination format the Mauritius team was ranked 8th for this tournament, after other teams drew better seeds, and was scheduled to play first round against the Republic of Congo. The following is the result from the competition.
Mauritius vs. Congo (2-0) 21-8, 21-13
Mauritius vs. Kenya (2-0) 21-16, 21-13
Day 2 – Quater-finals
Mauritius vs. Mozambique (2-0)
Day 3 – Semi-finals
Mauritius vs. Nigeria (2-1) 21-16, 13-21, 15-13
Day 4 – Finals
Mauritius vs. South Africa (2-0) 21-13, 21-12
More results of other games and disciplines can be found on the official website.
It was a great tournament and Team Mauritius Beach volleyball would like to thank everyone that has helped and contributed to this success. A special thank you as well to the awesome welcome at the airport. It was great to see so many people come out waving the quadri-colour flag proudly, dancing and singing Sega. It was especially nice to see all the family members come out.
In a couple of day we head off to Mozambique again for All African Games. It’s the first time they are having beach volleyball as an event at these games so we are very excited to be part of it’s debut.
It’s most likely we will not have internet but there is a website they might post results.
Sorry for the delay with the results from Mozambique. It’s taken me some time to take it all in and to be able to write about it. There were just so many events that took place before, during and after that made this tournament a very challenging one but I am very grateful that we were able to even make it there to play.
We came home with some silver hardware. Not the colour of choice though we are still in the running. Top four teams qualify for the next round for zonal phases before the final Continental Cup event. For a detailed summary of scores please check out the FIVB website.
Writing a quick post update of our upcoming tournament. This sort of sprung on us too. We found out when we came back from the World Championships in Rome that there will be the next phase to the Continentals for our zone E. This time there will be 6 countries in total which include the same as the last tournament, South Africa and Namibia along with the hosting country Mozambique, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.
This is another important step for us. We will try to post updates on the website and blog if we have access to internet. You can also follow us on our facebook fanpage.
We are leaving today for a 3 flight trip and the tournament start July 15-17, 2011. We appreciate all who have sent us their encouragements and support. They are very helpful so thank you.
The World Championships in Rome was such an amazing experience. Being able to play against the teams in our pool was such an honour. Thank you to all for your messages of support. Also a big thank you to the FIVB film crew who did a little piece on us since we’re a new team from a small country that most people have never heard of.
You can watch the finished product here. It may not work in all countries.
We are going straight to day 2 since internet was hard to come by yesterday at the hotel. Team Mauritius faced the 23rd ranked team of Liliana-Baquerizo from Spain for their first match at the World Championships in Rome. The team had a slow start to start the first set. The second set was a lot better but not enough to beat this Spanish team. The match score was 2-0 (21-9, 21-14) with a match time of 0:33mins.
Even though the team lost, there was still some interest from the press. Not having seen Mauritius at any tournaments before and having this as the team’s first World Championships, some people were wondering how the team was able to get to Rome. Please check out the article from the FIVB website. More media links to follow.
Today the team faced the Russian duo of Vasina-Vozakova ranked 26th at this tournament. It was a much better start. The teams were exchanging points for half the game until the Russian serves proved to be a challenge and siding out a lot more difficult near the end of the first set. Team Mauritius did not give up and came back in the second set with a vengeance. Being up for most of the set, they had it in their grasp. At one point they were up 17-14 but again siding out was tough and the Russians came back to tie it. It turned out to be a marathon where neither team was going to give up. Under the heat and with fatigue starting to set in, inexperience proved to be the factor to a 27-29 loss in the second set and the match.
It was a hard fought match with a lot of fighting, cheering and enjoyment of the part of the Mauritian pair.
Tomorrow we play Brazil at 4pm local time.