Tonga women top

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Ton­gan women’s team won their first win of the 2016 Handy Fi­nance Ocea­nia Vol­ley­ball Cham­pi­onships beat­ing a Samoa B side 3-0 at the Voda­fone Arena in Suva last night. Samoa looked to be the favourites to win with their solid blocks and spikes but they lacked con­sis­tency as they phased out to­wards to the end. This al­lowed the Friendly Is­landers to win all three sets, 25-22, 25-22 and 25-12 re­spec­tively. Tonga coach/cap­tain Tupou Fonua said though this was the first time for the team to take part at the re­gional com­pe­ti­tion, she was very pleased with the team’s per­for­mance. “It was a re­ally good game for us be­cause it’s ac­tu­ally our first time play­ing to­gether,” Fonua said. “Four of us are from New Zealand and the rest are from Tonga so that was ac­tu­ally a great ex­pe­ri­ence for us and even bet­ter that we won. “We are hop­ing to get into the top four. It’s go­ing to be a bit hard though be­cause we have been out of the in­ter­na­tional scene for six years now.

“It’s our first time com­ing back so we don’t know what the stan­dard of the other teams are so given the time we will take it and im­prove and work hard. “I’m happy with our per­for­mance to­day, we played like a team and I am just re­ally happy. “But we still made a few mis­takes like serv­ing er­rors and our pass­ing so we will go back to the draw­ing board and come back stronger.” Tonga will take on the Fiji Whites to­day at 3pm at the Voda­fone Arena. Edited by Osea Bola

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