Beach Volleyball: Fi­jian teams on track

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Top seed Fiji White recorded wins dur­ing pool play at the Ocea­nia Beach Volleyball Cham­pi­onship at Smug­glers Cove Re­sort in Nadi yes­ter­day. Fi­jian pair of Inia Korowale and Qilu El­liot who ear­lier up­set Aus­tralia on Wed­nes­day to claim the Zonal Cham­pi­onship de­mol­ished Fiji Red (Fu­ata Sik­iti/Petero Uluilakeba) in two straight sets (21-13, 21-16), and later won by de­fault over Solomon Is­lands. “The win to­day is a big boost for us head­ing into the rest of the Ocea­nia Cham­pi­onship pool matches,” said skip­per Korowale. “We worked hard for this com­pe­ti­tion and planned our strate­gies well. We ex­pect tough com­pe­ti­tion from teams such as Aus­tralia, PNG that have come out strong with the in­ten­tion to win but we stuck to our guns.” He added the con­di­tions were a bit tough but they stuck to their game plan. “We and the rest of the Fi­jian teams are looking for­ward to a bet­ter per­for­mance in the Ocea­nia Cham­pi­onship.”

Fiji Red ear­lier beat Fiji Black (Malai Tuifa­galele/Ray­mond Stod­dart Jnr in two straight set (21-15, 21-16), Fiji Blue (Mi­tieli Na­borisi/ Sikeli Tuwai) lost to Aus­tralia 2-0 (21-11, 21-12) and bounced back to beat Tu­valu A 2-0 (19-21, 17-21), Favourites Van­u­atu and Aus­tralia women’s teams are off to a win­ning start as in the open­ing round Van­u­atu won the Fiji Open and Cen­tral Zonal Cham­pi­onships de­feated Fiji Black by two straight sets (21-9, 2110). Aus­tralia which fin­ished run­nerup in the ear­lier two tour­na­ments de­feated Fiji Blue 2-0 (21-11, 21-8).

How­ever, Fiji White (Claire De­lai/ Ili­seva Ratu­dina) beat Tu­valu 2-0 (21-14, 21-18) and hopes to keep their chances alive. Edited by Osea Bola

The win to­day is a big boost for us head­ing into the rest of the Ocea­nia Cham­pi­onship pool matches Inia Korowale Fiji White skip­per

Photo: Ocea­nia Volleyball

Photo: Ocea­nia Volleyball

Team Fiji White Qilu El­liot spikes against Aus­tralia at Smug­glers Cove Re­sort in Nadi yes­ter­day.

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