6 Jun 2012

Sport: Korean win comes at perfect time for Vanuatu volleyball duo

10:28 am on 6 June 2012

The President of Vanuatu's Volleyball Federation says the country's first ever victory on the world tour is a big boost ahead of a crunch Olympic qualifying event at the end of the month.

Miller Elwin and Henriette Iatika beat a German pairing in the final of the Seoul Challenger event in Korea on Sunday.

It's the first time a Pacific team has won an event on the FIVB World Tour and comes just a few weeks before Vanuatu will compete in the Asian Continental Cup Playoffs

for a spot at the London Olympics.

Debbie Masaufakalo says a number of the teams they will be competing against at the Continental Cup event in China were involved in the Korean tournament so it's a good indication of where the team is at.

"This is an amazing achievement for the girls and it's just lifted them so much and it's just shown the world what small nations, given the opportunity, can make for itself, and everyone in Vanuatu is so excited and happy for the girls."