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16 April 2012
Flic en Flac, Mauritius, April 15, 2012- South Africa Men’s Beach Volleyball team secured their qualification ticket to 2012 London Olympic Games following their ground breaking victory over Angola in the final of the CAVB Continental Cup held here at Flic en Flac Beach in Mauritius on Sunday.
The African champions have become the first country in the world to qualify to the prestigious event through the Continental Cup which showed 39 African countries participating during the continental phases of the FIVB Competition.
The first match of the final between South Africa and Angola, team 1 of RSA Chiya/Schmidt took over Angola’s Abreu/Silva. South Africa came out with a bang reaching the technical time out with a score of 14-7. The injury of Abreu looked affected Angola. South Africa took the first set 21-12.
At the start of the second set the crowd got scared when Chiya went down with a groin injury. The medical timeout was all that this team needed and quickly got back into the game. Angola was unable to side out which led to their loss 21-11.
Angola came back in the second match to lead early. South Africa’s Fredricks/Williams had some trouble and they didn’t let the game get away with few defensive points. Eden and Marcio Sequiera went through to win the first set 21-15.
The second set was neck to neck. Players are having a hard time with the heat. Angola had to take an early medical team timeout from the sun. Rallies continue to set the pace for the game, both teams working hard to keep the ball off the sand. It was tied right up to the end but Angola etched out on top. Making this a thrilling finals and wining the second set 21-18.
South Africa continued their upper hand to win the match after a great fight to win the match and grab the Olympic ticket
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