THE return of dynamic duo Epeli Ratabacaca and Qilu Elliot is a good sign for the FBC Suva side ahead of the Vanua Challenge next month.
The capital city side lost to Raiwai Gold in the Vulaca Championship final 1-3 and is gunning to avenge their loss in the upcoming national tournament to be held on March 8 and 9 at the FMF Gymnasium in Laucala.
Ratabacaca and Elliot just returned home from the Beach Volleyball International Camp which was held in Australia.
During the camp they also took part in the 2013 Australian Championship where the duo finished fifth overall.
SVA technical adviser Iliesa Raketekete said the inclusion of the duo would strengthen the team for the Vanua Challenge.
"We haven't decided yet on which teams we are going to put the two but definitely their inclusion should add a little more attack in our armoury," he said.
"Their experience will be vital for the team in a tournament like the Vanua Challenge."
Raketekete said the SVA was using the weekly club competition as a platform to build the teams for the Vanua Challenge.
He said they were also having separate training sessions for the men's and women's teams that had qualified to feature in the national event.
"After Raiwai's win at the Vulaca, the volleyball family is banking on them to win again since they are the favourites," Raketekete said.
"And Suva is leaving no stone unturned to prepare well for their title defence. It's building up to be an exciting clash at the Vanua Challenge."