volleyball girlsVanuatu beach volleyball duo Linline Matauatu and Miller Pata remain upbeat despite missing out on automatic qualification for the Rio Olympics.

The duo needed to make the semi finals at the latest World Tour event in Hamburg to get into the top 15 in the world by the end of last weekend.

They lost to the top Brazilian pairing in the second round and finished in ninth place in the tournament to leave them 16th in the overall rankings, just two wins shy of reaching their goal.

The President of Vanuatu Volleyball, Debbie Masauvakalo, said the team are now spending a few days with their families back in Port Vila before travelling to Australia for their next qualifying attempt. READ MORE