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7 June 2012
Lumley Beach, Sierra Leone, June 3, 2012 - Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Senegal and Niger U-19 boys and girls Beach Volleyball teams secured their qualification tickets to the World Championship of this age category to be orgainsed in Cyprus next July.
In the boys category Sierra Leone emerged as winner after securing 7 points from 3 matches played, putting up superb performances by winning their first two matches defeating their Guinean opponent in the open day.
It was the Guinean that took the lead after winning the first set 21-13 and Sierra Leone leveled the score by winning the second set 21-14. In the decisive set Sierra Leone defeated their Guinean Opponent 15-12.
In the second day Sierra Leone continued their winning rhythm by defeating Niger in straight sets 21-10, 21-15 and also Senegal.
Guinea finished in the second position with 7 points from 3 matches to be followed by Niger who secured 5 points and Senegal 3 points.
In the girls category Nigeria topped the teams ahead of Senegal who came second. Sierra Leone came third with 10 points but booked a place to the World championship as four boys and 4 girls need to qualify from this pool.
On the first day Sierra Leone girls defeated their Guinean opponent 2-1 after Sierra Leone won the first set 21-11 and the Guinean came very strong to level the score winning by the second set 23-21. In the tiebreak Sierra Leone won 15-8.
On the second day Nigeria took over hosts Sierra Leone and Senegal did the same with the organizers. The third day showed Sierra Leone rebounding to defeat Niger by two straight sets in a decider to clinch the third position.
The Nigeria girls dominated the girl’s category by winning all their four matches to secured 12 points. In second position was Senegal as they also secured 10 points from 4 matches and Niger was rank fourth position with 6 points, Guinea was ranked in the 5th position.
The Hosts Beach Director Sorie Kamara said that the competition has been a success as they were able to achieve their aim and objectives by organizing a standard international competition which was full of lots of actions as the players were able to exhibit their skills during the competition.
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