Beach Volleyball | 12 August 2020
Ernesta, Prosper duo clinch the men’s title
- Adeline and Nourrice women’s champions
St Louis’ Henrico Ernesta and Herrode Prosper and City Ladies’ Angelique Adeline and Hilary Nourrice are the men’s and women’s winners of the beach volleyball tournament played on Sunday at the Roche Caïman beach football arena.
Hosted by the Seychelles Volleyball Federation (SVF), the tournament was initially scheduled to place in June but was delayed due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Sixteen teams – 12 males and four females – registered for Sunday’s tournament which was played on knockout basis.
After winning a bye in the first round, Ernesta and Prosper eliminated Jean-Philip Vidot and Mario of Neo Boyz 2-0 (21-14, 21-13) in the second to book a place in the quarterfinals where they were up against Corey Toussaint and Rico.
Ernesta and Prosper kept their winning ways, climbing from a set down to clinch a 2-1 victory to book their spot in the semifinals. The set scores were 18-25, 25-15 and 15-13.
In the semifinal, the St Louis duo were up against David Boniface and Neddy Rose of Juniors and once again, Ernesta and Prosper fought back from a set down to win the match 2-1 (17-21, 21-12, 15-13) to make it to the final.
In the final match, they were up against the Airwaves Rocket team featuring Robin Mathiot and Donald Jeremie who had eliminated Jean-Michel Vidot and Trevor of St Louis ‘B’ 2-1 in the other semifinal. The set scores were 21-17, 24-26 and 16-14.
Ernesta and Prosper went on to win the final 2-0 (21-12, 21-12) to take home the title.
The third-place title on Sunday went to Corey Toussaint and Rico who defeated Boniface and Rose 2-0 (21-17, 21-15) in the third-place challenge.
In the women’s competition, long-time partners Adeline and Nourrice who represented Seychelles at the Commonwealth beach volleyball tournament in Sierra Leone in 2018, started the tournament of four teams on a perfect note, eliminating Jerina Bonne and Nayelie Etienne of Arsu ‘B’ 2-0 (21-12, 21-17) to secure a semifinal spot against Tania Elisabeth and Lisette Mein of Breakaway.
Elisabeth and Mein were paired against the City Ladies’ duo after losing 2-0 (21-4, 21-17) against Melissa and Kelly Rath of Arsu ‘A’.
Adeline and Nourrice won the match 2-0 to book a spot in the final. The set scores were 21-8 and 21-9. The other semifinal was won by Melissa and Kelly Rath of Arsu ‘A’ who defeated Bonne and Etienne of Arsu ‘B’ 2-0 (21-19, 21-9).
In the final, City Ladies’ Adeline and Nourrice were up against Arsu ‘A’s Melissa and Kelly Rath.
After winning the first set 21-6, Nourrice and Adeline fell back, allowing their opponents to get back into the game and win the second set 21-12 to tie the match at one set apiece.
In the third and decisive set, Adeline and Nourrice came out stronger to win 15-7 and clinch the title.
In the third-place tie, Etienne paired up with Matty Molta to win over Elisabeth and Mein 2-0 (21-11, 21-17).