Namibia lose to Mauritius in beach volleyball quarterfinals

18 Aug 2019 17:10pm
By Hesron Kapanga
RABAT, 18 AUG (NAMPA) – Namibia’s beach volleyball team of Kim Seebach and Kristin Schulz lost 1-2 against Mauritius in the quarterfinals play-off at the 12th edition of the African Games (AG).
The AG which is celebrating its 54th anniversary this year is currently underway in Rabat, Morocco.
Team Namibia found the going tough against Mauritius on Sunday in the first set of the match which they lost 11-21.
The Namibian girls made small individual errors in the opening two minutes of the match which saw Liza Bonne and Orian Maita Cousin of Mauritius collecting more points for their team.
After going down in the first set, Seebach and Schulz pulled themselves together and started the second with a bang forcing their opponents to make errors in their serves and finishing.
Namibia won the set 21-12 which then forced the game to the third set that Namibia started well as they took the lead, but this was cut short after the second time call out break where the two teams were levelled at five points each.
After the break Mauritius took the lead of the match and the Namibian girls played a catch-up game throughout the whole third set which ended with a 11-15 score for Mauritius who booked themselves a spot in the semi-finals where they will meet Egypt.
With the defeat Namibia will now play for the fifth and sixth position which can qualify them for the 2020 Olympic Games play-off competition to be held next year at a venue still to be determined.
Speaking to Nampa after the match, team coach James Verrinder said he was proud of the team’s achievement at the championships.
“We made a lot of errors in the first set of the game because the girls had to wait for 50 minutes for another team to arrive for the game, which frustrated them. The second set we played really well but the third one we buckled. However, I am happy to see that these young athletes did well despite this being Kristin’s first major senior competition,” he said.
The coach added that his goal is to see Namibia qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games but before that the youth team should compete well at the 2020 Youth Commonwealth Games.