Abuja, Nigeria, April 15, 2016 – Mauritius made a winning start to the women’s CAVB Continental Cup as they seek to reach their second Olympic Games.
Namibian Youngsters Julia, Laggner and Jim Seeback helped get their team’s campaign started with a 2-0 (21-16, 21-13) victory helping Namibia beat Mozambique in their opening rubber.
Gambia continued their rapid ascent through the beach volleyball rankings by beating Sierra Leone, but they slipped to a loss to Nigeria later in the day. The host nation also ensured that Mauritius will have to work hard to repeat their success of four years ago and ended the day by winning both rubbers between the sides.
The Continental Cup winners will earn their country at place at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games. For the teams that finish in second and third place there is a second chance to reach Copacabana Beach as they qualify for the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Continental Cup where the winners and runners-up will earn their country the final two berths at Rio 2016.
At Rio 2016 beach volleyball will run from August 6 to August 18 at the sport’s spiritual home, Copacabana Beach.