The Namibian (Windhoek)

Namibian Beach Volleyball Girls Qualify for Youth Olympics

THE Namibian Beach Volleyball girls team of Kim Seebach and Stephanie Palmhert has achieved the qualification criteria for the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games to be held in August in China.

A top six finish at the African Qualification tournament in Ghana was the qualification criteria. The Namibian girls team not only achieved this criteria, but returned last week from Accra with a silver medal.

In a thrilling final, Seebach and Palmhert played against the Rwanda women's team and got off to a good start to win the first set 21-17.

In windy conditions, Rwanda came back to win the second set 21-19 and then won the third set 19-17 to win the match.

Namibia's coach Achim Luck was thrilled with the achievement.

"To have qualified for Nanjing and to be one of the best in Africa is a huge success for the two girls and for Namibian Beach Volleyball," he said.

The Boys team of Jan Eric Sack and Roman von Ludwiger were facing tough competition in their group, against teams from Nigeria, Congo, Sierra Leone and Rwanda. They were unable to reach the top six teams, and finished ninth overall.

Each continent will receive six places to make up 30 teams to travel to China, while the host nation will receive two places to make up a competition of 32 teams per gender.

The Namibian Beach Volleyball teams will compete this coming weekend in Windhoek in the Zone 6 U17 and U19 Beach Volleyball Championships.

According to the Namibian Volleyball Association, they are confident of qualifying from this event for the African Beach Volleyball Cup scheduled for next month.

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