29 Jun 2015

Sport: Vanuatu beach volleyballers upbeat despite defeat

11:22 am on 29 June 2015

Vanuatu are staying upbeat despite another loss at the Beach Volleyball World Championships in the Netherlands.

Miller Pata and Linline Matauatu started strongly in their second pool game against the Brazilian duo of Maria Antonelli and Juliana Felisberta Da Silva in Amsterdam, leading 3-1 in the opening set before the South Americans took control to win 21-16.

Vanuatu's Miller Pata and Linline Matauatu.

Vanuatu's Miller Pata and Linline Matauatu. Photo: Vanuatu Volleyball

The Pacific pairing got out to another early lead at 2-0 in the second set before eventually going down 21-13.

Coming off a three set loss to Germany, Linline Matauatu says it was always going to be tough against last year's World Tour champions.

"We know that they are the top team in the world so we're really happy to play against Brazil. We start the first game and they are good players but we tried our best to play against Brazil".

Vanuatu face newcomers Algeria in their final pool clash this evening.

Vanuatu's Linline Matauatu in full flight against Brazil at the Beach Volleyball World Championships.

Vanuatu's Linline Matauatu in full flight against Brazil at the Beach Volleyball World Championships. Photo: Vanuatu Volleyball