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30 June 2012
Lome, Togo, June 30, 2012- The qualifiers to the FIVB Swatch Junior World Championship were revealed following the second day of the CAVB Junior Beach Cup held at Lome Beach in Togo on Saturday. South Africa, Burundi, host Togo, Sierra Leone, Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana Junior men teams book their tickets being the top 6 teams in the competition ahead of the finals on Sunday.
At the women junior category Rwanda, South Africa, Nigeria, Guinea Conakry, Ghana and Sierra Leone made their way to the prestigious FIVB event after they finished also on top.
The finals of the competition will be held on Friday where South Africa meets Burundi for the final of the men competition, while Togo play Sierra Leone for the bronze. Cote d’Ivoire line up against Ghana for the fifth position and Gabon face Guinea Conakry for the seventh.
Again South Africa combat Rwanda for the women final and Nigeria play Guinea Conakry for the bronze. Ghana meet Sierra Leone for the fifth and Cote d’Ivoire face Gabon for the seventh positions.
It is known that the top six teams in both men and women competitions book their tickets to the FIVB World Championship to be held in Halifax, Canada August 29 to September 2.
Men’s junior competition
In the men’s category dark horses Burundi took over host Togo in straight sets 21-12, 21-14 in the semifinal after great performance from the winner’s pair Briand Mugabowingabo/ Bruce Dukundane who succeeded to make persistent pressure upon their opponent Antonine Agbegninou/ Florent Apezoumon from Togo. The efficient services of Burundi played an important role in the victory and causes disturbance for Togo team.
In the other semifinal South Africa rebounded back from a set behind to prevail against the struggling Sierra Leone 2-1 (22-24, 21-14, 15-12) in the most exciting match of the second day. The winner’s pairing of Dean Layters/ Steven Van Nelson started with a disturbed reception that allowed Sierra Leone double Patrick Lombi/ Momodu Samura to apply their attacking strategy and win the first set. Thereafter the South African improved their reception and succeeded to use their attacks to win the seconds set and tiebreak.
Women’s junior competition
In the women gender the dark horses Rwanda fought 56 minutes to pull off a tough victory over the tough Nigerian team 2-1 (21-18, 20-22, 15-13). The Rwanda double Denyse Mutatsimpundu/ Charlotte Nzayisenga started in their optimum performance to win the first set 21-18 and continued till they had the match point at 20-17 in the second set when Nigeria’s Isabela Eyetsonetan/ Jummai Bitrus scored 5 consecutive points towards winning the set 22-20 to extend the match to tiebreak. Again Rwanda returned back to their concentration to win the tiebreak 15-13 to qualify to the final.
In the other semis South Africa hammered the less experienced Guinea Conakry 2-0 (21-9, 21-10) in less than half an hour. South Africa’s pair Liezle Petersen/ Brittiny Deelcarme were superior in all the volleyball skills and also they were more compatible to the windy weather, while the Guinean team Amie Kante/ Aissatou Kamano fell into a lot of reception and digging mistakes.
Burundi v Togo 2-0 (21-12, 21-14)
South Africa v Sierra Leone 2-1 (22-24, 21-14, 15-12)
South Africa v Guinea Conakry 2-0 (21-9, 21-10)
Rwanda v Nigeria 2-1 (21-18, 20-22, 15-13)
Men’s junior tournament
Pool A: 1. Togo 3-0 2. Sierra Leone 2-1 3. Cote d’Ivoire 1-2 4. Gabon 0-3
Pool B: 1.South Africa 3-0 2. Burundi 2-1 3. Ghana 1-2 4. Guinea Conakry 0-3
Women’s junior tournament
Pool A: 1. Nigeria 3-0 2. Guinea Conakry 2-1 3. Ghana 1-0 4. Cote d’Ivoire 0-3
Pool B: 1. South Africa 4-0 2. Rwanda 3-1 3. Sierra Leone 2-2 4. Gabon 1-3 4. Zimbabwe 0-4
Men’s Junior Competition
Women’s Junior Competition
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