The Press Room‎ > ‎NMIVA News Wire‎ > ‎

New Zealand seal win over Tonga in Continental Cup

posted May 30, 2011, 4:01 PM by Laurie Peterka
 
New Zealand and Samoa clash in the FIVB Continental Beach Volleyball Cup on Saturday
 

Reprinted from FIVB e-news, May 30, 2011

Apia, Samoa, May 28, 2011 – New Zealand completed a clean sweep over Samoa and Tonga to win the FIVB Continental Beach Volleyball Continental Cup AVC sub-zonal zone on Saturday in Apia, Samoa to progress to the next round of the London 2012 Olympic Games qualification tournament.

Samoa started the day well by defeating Tonga in both women’s matches easily to win the series 4-0. The Samoa men were under a little bit of pressure after Tonga 1 beat Samoa 2 yesterday. Samoa 2 responded well early in the morning to convincingly beat Tonga 2, leaving the match between Samoa 1 and Tonga 1 to decide the series, or send it into a ‘golden set’.

In the best and closest set of the tournament, Samoa 1, Afa Lauvai and Toetu Toetu survived five set points to win the first set 29-27. In the second set they played with confidence to take the second set 21-18, the match 2-0. This win completed the series win for Samoa 3-1 over Tonga, and qualification through to the Asian Continental Cup, Zonal event early in 2012.

The New Zealand Teams completed their domination of the tournament by seeing off the challenge from Samoa convincingly.

The New Zealand Women’s teams skills were to consistent for the Samoan women’s teams. Samoa 1 showed good fight and some great hustle in the back court but they could not keep pace with the consistent Kiwis. New Zealand Women’s Team won the series 4-0, and the Tournament without dropping a set.

The New Zealand Men’s Team led by Kirk Pitman and Jason Lochhead and well supported by the youthful brothers Sam and Ben O’Dea, were to dominant for a valiant Samoan Team. The Kiwis were never threatened as their experience and skill from the Swatch FIVB World Tour and Asian Tour was too much for the athletic Samoans. New Zealand won the series 4-0, and completed the tournament undefeated.  

New Zealand and Samoa will move through to the next Oceania Round of the Olympic Qualification, the Asian Continental Cup Zonal event to be held in February 2012.

Mens Ranking

Position

Players

 

1

Qualified Zonal Event

NZL 1       Kirk Pitman/ Jason Lochhead

NZL 2       Sam O'Dea/ Ben O’Dea

 

New Zealand

2

Qualified Zonal Event

SAM 1     Afa Lauvai/ Toetu Toetu

SAM 2     Sapati Aiono/ Oliva Vati

 

Samoa

 

3

TGA 1      Tio Fonohema/ Samuela Fotu

TGA 2      Tevila Fotu/ Esafe Latu

 

Tonga

 

 

Womens Ranking

Position

Players

 

1

Qualified Zonal Event

NZL 1       Hannah Croad/ Micah Lindsay-Brown

NZL 2       Hill/ Ruru                Debbie Hill/ Melissa

 

New Zealand

2

Qualified Zonal Event

SAM 1     Leule Tu'ugamusu/ Vaitu'utu'u Taua

SAM 2 Uluiva Fouvaa/ Jackie Nuuvali

 

Samoa

3

TGA 1      TGA 1 Middlemore Fotu/ Mele Fifita

TGA 2      Latai Vaka/ Sisifa Taufa

 

Tonga

 

Additional links
 Download high-resolution photo
 FIVB home page
 Beach volleyball home page

Comments