Vanuatu Women take the Bronze

Iatika Henriette attacks the net
Vanuatu has won the bronze medal 21-17 19-21 15-11 against New Caledonia, and an amazing game it was with both Teams giving all they got to secure a medal. New Caledonia took the early lead in the first set 0-6 Moone and Aurelie Konhu working insync. Vanuatu were able to claw their way back into the match with Henriette and Miller finding some confidence to take the first set .

The second set looked all over when Vanuatu cruised to a 16 - 7 lead. However the jitters set in again as it has for som many of their games and with a bit of luck as well, New Caledonia fought back to level at 17-17.

The Games went toe to toe until a lucky net chord on the serve saw the ball trickle over and die on the Vanuatu side to give New Caledonia the set at 21-19.

Set three was a repeat of number 2 with Vanuatu exerting its acendancy early with powerful spiking from Miller. Vanuatu at 6 - 2 were cruising. At 8-4 those jitters returned and New Caledonia were back top 9-8.

A crucial time out to Vanuatu seemed to do the trick as both girls came out with a positive attitude to break the shackles and take the set 15-11 for Vanuatu's first ever medal in any Volleyball competition at South Pacific Games.

Well done to the Vanuatu Beach Volleyball Committee whose hard work has paid off against some seriously good competition. A Bronze is a great achievement although the team may rue its lost opportunity to fight for Gold.


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