Vanuatu Beach Volleyball will be sending two teams to compete in the FIVB U21 World Championships in Nanjing, China in July.
Vanuatu is the only Pacific nation competing in this tournament. The Women’s team has qualified by finishing in the top four placings at the Asian U21 Championships in March.
The Vanuatu Women sit within the 23 top ranked teams in the World which will make up the core of the main draw. They will be looking to perform well here as Vanuatu Beach Volleyball continues to make its mark on the sporting world stage.
The Men’s team has secured a wildcard entry into the Qualifier competition and will be hoping to emulate the Women and gain an opportunity to compete it the main draw.
The players participating are Loti Joe and Sherysyn Toko in the Women’s team and in the Men’s team, James Chilia and Kieth Vuti. At just 16 years of age, James Chilia is an exciting prospect for Vanuatu is being given this opportunity to gain valuable experience at the international level, ahead of the 2018 Youth Olympics in Argentina.
Loti Joe will be adding to her already impressive international playing record having competed at the 2014 Youth Olympics. She will also be a part of the Women’s senior team this month on the FIVB World Tour before going to the World Championships in China, helping Vanuatu in its efforts to qualify for the 2018 Commonwealth Games .
Women – Loti Joe (20) & Sherysyn Toko (19)
Men – James Chilia (16) & Kieth Vuti (20)
Date: FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships 11-16 July in Nanjing, China.
SOURCE: VANUATU DAILY POST