Rwanda earned a place in the semi-finals of the Continental Cup ©FIVB

Mauritius’ Angelique Ramdoss and Vanessa Chellumben advanced to the semi-final of the African Volleyball Confederation (CAVB) Continental Cup at Jabi Lake Beach in Abuja.

The duo combined to good effect in their first beach volleyball tie of the day, as they defeated the Sierra Leone team in straight sets by a 21-17, 22-20 scoreline.

They followed up the triumph by overcoming Gambia’s pairing 21-14, 18-21, 15-13 in the second match of the day to book their place in the semi-finals.

The loss ended Gambia’s chances of reaching the semi-finals and also brought their prospects of reaching Rio 2016 to an end.

Mauritius will now take on Rwanda in the semi-final stage of the competition, with their opponents having overcome Morocco and Namibia in their two ties.

The winners will move to the brink of earning a place in the women’s competition at Rio 2016, with the winners of the tournament assured of a place.

Hosts and African champions Nigeria also moved a step closer to the Games as they defeated Ghana and Rwanda in straight sets to reach the semi-finals.

They will now meet Egypt, who secured wins against Mozambique and Namibia.