Vanuatu beach volleyball

Vanuatu beach volleyballers one step away from Olympics dream

Taking on tournament hosts New Zealand in yesterday's final in Mount Maunganui, Miller Pata and Sherysyn Toko defeated Francesca Kirwan and Olivia MacDonald in straight sets (21-16 21-12) in the opening match before Julia Tilley and Shaunna Polley returned serve against Linline Matauatu and Loti Joe (21-15 21-18) to send the final to a "golden decider".

Pata and Toko once again came up trumps, defeating Tilley and Polley 21-19 21-14 to advance to the Continental Cup final in China in June, from which the winner will qualify for Tokyo.

Vanuatu win silver at Australian Beach Volleyball Championships

It was a good start for 18-year-old Bella Lawac and 16-year-old Chantale Willie at the beginning of the tournament as they provided tough competition in their pool games and qualified to the quarterfinals. 

They defeated Australian pair of Levy and Chan 2-1.

It was a tough showdown as they were trailing in the first set 7-21 but regrouped and came back strongly in the third and final set to win 21-16 and 15-6 to book their spot in the semi-final.

Vanuatu women win AVC Beach volleyball Penghu Open

The duo, Miller Pata and Sherysyn Toko won gold and a prize money of $USD 2,500.

They defeated Japan winning three sets in the semifinals before beating Indonesia in the final.

The event featured 29 men’s teams, and 19 women’s teams from 17 countries.

The Asian Cup Beach Volleyball Open is one of the Asian Volleyball Confederation’s (AVC) annual events.

This is the first time Taiwan has hosted an international beach volleyball tournament of this magnitude.

Vanuatu Beach Volleyball sends two teams to Taipei

The tournament, which will be held from 7-11 August 2019 is part of the competition pathway in preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Players and teams will be looking to gain ranking points and the increased tournament participation needed to help with Olympic qualification.

The four Vanuatu players are Miller Pata, Sherysyn Toko, Loti Joe, and 18-year-old Maybel Ravo.

There will 20 women’s teams competing in the Asian Tour event with Vanuatu, the only Pacific country in the draw.

Golden farewell for Vanuatu beach volleyball star

Pata and Sherysyn Toko prevailed 21-12, 21-18 on the Apia waterfront yesterday to win Team Vanuatu's second gold medal of the week.

The 31 year old Pata missed the 2015 Games when Vanuatu claimed the silver medal and said it was great to back up the gold medal she won in New Caledonia eight years ago.

"We are really happy to have back the gold medal and yes all our Ni-Van here they are really happy and excited to get back the gold medal."

Vanuatu men’s beach volleyball wins pool opener at Arafura Games

Joshua Toares and Stivano Banga beat their opponents and hosts Australia (2) by 2-0.

Their next match is scheduled at 4.20pm (ACST).

Vanuatu has three beach volleyball teams competing   in the Arafura Games.

The other team is made up of Miller Pata and Henriette Iatika and the third team has Maybel Ravo and Sherysyn Toko.


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Vanuatu beach volleyball pair to improve on defence

Vanuatu Volleyball Coach Michel Bargmann said this in a statement after their impressive performance.

Miller Pata and Sherysyn Toko outclassed the Russians 21-15 21-12 in the quarterfinals and also defeated Colombia in the semifinals 21-14 14-21 11-15.

“The Russia match was very good, not many problems but we want to improve defence timing and block position,” said Bargmann.

The team media Officer, Christel Homu says the pair have a good chance of scoring more points in the semifinals.

Vanuatu beach volleyball pair top their pool

The Vanuatu pair outlasted Russia’s Anastasiia Frolova and Aleksandra Ganenko 2-1 (19-21, 21-16, 15-11) and Australia’s Brittany Kendall and Stefanie Weiler 2-1 (21-18, 13-21, 14-16).

They finished at the top of Pool C.

Vanuatu could meet either Thailand or Russia in the quarter-finals.


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Beach-volleyball for rich countries say VASANOC SG

This follows the decision not to allow 16th ranked Vanuatu beach-volleyball girls to replace Italy, after one of the Italian girls returned a positive drugs test.

“The decision is outrageous,” said a very disappointed VASANOC Secretary General, Cyrille Mainguy.

“We are devastated by this decision. It seems to me that beach-volleyball is only for rich countries.”

Mainguy said the nation of Vanuatu and Oceania in general were devastated when the girls did not qualify through the continental championship.

Vanuatu volleyballers claim another scalp

The 22nd ranked pair came from a set down to beat the 11th seeds from Italy 19-21 21-14 15-10, before losing their second match in straight sets against the sixth seeds from Brazil.

The Melanesians are in top form, having matched their best ever finish on the World Tour, after finishing in a tie for fifth at last week's Long Beach Grand Slam in California.