Beach volleyball Adeline/Nourrice duo, Boniface/Manes pair triumph |23 November 2021
The duo of Angelique Adeline and Hilary Nourrice have shown once again that they are a force to be reckoned with in women’s beach volleyball in Seychelles, while the pair of David Boniface and Michael Manes are the new kids on the block.
Last weekend’s beach volleyball competition was the first event organised by the Seychelles Volleyball Federation (SVF) in almost two years due to the disruptions brought about by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
It proved to be a success with 21 teams ‒ nine women’s and 12 men’s ‒ taking part in the competition played over the weekend at the beach soccer arena, Roche Caïman.
The pairing of Adeline and Nourrice delivered the goods once again as they won Sunday’s final against the duo of Rose Alfred and Melissa Rambony 2-0 (21-7, 21-13).
Adeline and Nourrice dispatched the duo of Nayeli Etienne and Matty Molta 2-0 (21-10, 21-7) in the semifinal, while losing finalists Alfred and Rambony needed three sets to eliminate the team of Vanita Rose and Steffie Barbero 2-1 (17-21, 21-14, 15-8)
Rose and Barbero then won the third place playoff against the Etienne/Molta team on a 2-0 (21-18, 21-16) score.
In the men’s competition, little-known Boniface and Manes showed two stalwarts ‒ Jerry Lozaique and Ricky Vel ‒ that they mean business on the sand, upsetting them on a 2-1 (21-16, 18-21, 15-11) score in the final.
Boniface and Manes also played out a three sets in the semifinals against Henrico Ernesta and Herrode Prosper, coming from a set down to win 2-1 (16-21, 21-19, 15-12).
Lozaique and Vel got the better of Danny Marie and Kenneth Sinon in the other last-four match, winning 2-0 (21-18, 21-15).
Third place in the men’s event went to Ernesta and Prosper who walked over Marie and Sinon in the third place playoff match after Sinon had sustained an injury.