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St. Lucia book ticket to 2014 Youth Olympic Games

Dala Noel and Skye Mondesir have been playing together for only a short time

Pigeon Point, St Lucia, October 20, 2013 - St Lucia’s women’s beach volleyball duo have booked their place at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games after winning the gold medal in the women’s competition of the Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association (ECVA) Zone of the NORCECA Round of the Youth Olympic Beach Qualification Tournament.

Dala Noel and Skye Mondesir of St. Lucia will represent their country for the first ever beach volleyball tournament at the Youth Olympic Games next year. The duo beat Grenada’s Jomelar Billy and Carsie Paul in the final, which was played over a best of three series. Noel and Mondesir took the first match 2-0 ( 21-19, 22-20) and then the second 2-0 (21-8, 21-0).

In reaching the finals, St Lucia defeated St Vincent and the Grenadines overall 2-0, also in the best of three match series. Modesir and Noel also defeated Angelique Allan and Mikhailla Matthias 2-0 (21-13, 21-10) in the first match and then 2-0 (21-12, 21-12) in the second, to set up their meeting with Billy and Paul.

The second edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games will be held from August 16 to 28, 2014 in Nanjing, China. The programme will feature 28 sports, including beach volleyball for the first time after volleyball was present at Singapore in 2010 as Cuba won the boys’ volleyball gold medal over Argentina, while Belgium won the girls’ volleyball gold medal against the United States.

A total of 36 teams per gender will participate in Nanjing with one team coming from the host country, 30 via a qualification process and five via the Universality Rule.

Qualifying runs from April 1, 2013 until June 8, 2014. Confederations can enter a maximum six teams into the Youth Olympic Games. In addition, as the host country, China has the right to enter one team for each gender.

Asia will compete in the Road to Nanjing AVC Beach Volleyball Qualification to Youth Olympic Games tournament April 1, 2014 to June 8, 2014. The first phase will be pool play, followed by single elimination to determine the six highest-ranked NOCs.

Africa will run qualifying tournaments starting at a zonal level before advancing through to a pool stage however the exact dates are still to be confirmed.

Europe's qualification process has already started with the CEV Youth Continental Cup. A total of eight zonal tournaments have taken place, each featuring four teams in a double elimination system. The top two countries from each zonal phase tournament qualified for the 2014 CEV Youth Beach Volleyball Continental Cup Final. Of the 16 countries in that tournament of each gender, the top six will advance to Nanjing.

South America plans to host two qualifying tournaments in both 2013 and 2014. Countries will earn points based on their final ranking in each tournament, and at the end of the four tournaments, the top-six teams qualify for the Youth Olympic Games.

NORCECA will hold four tournaments in 2013 for each zone. The winner of each tournament automatically qualifies for the Youth Olympic Games. In addition, NORCECA will hold a final tournament in 2014, and the top two countries will advance to Nanjing.

To be eligible for the Youth Olympic Games, athletes must be born between 1 January 1996 and 31 December 1999.

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