Beach volleyball starts to unveil contenders

Beach Volleyball is still proving to be one of the major draw cards at the Van2017 Pacific Mini Games in Port Vila.

On Tuesday’s fixture, six games took place down at the new Korman courts,which started early and as scheduled 9am and entertained the crowd for over four hours of action and excitement in both the Men’s and Women’s competition.

Solomon Islands Women’s team won its first game taking the match two sets to nil against Tuvalu. The second match between the hometown heroes of Vanuatu and Wallis & Futuna was unsurprisingly dominated by Linline Matauata and Loti Joe taking the match two sets to nil.

The Men’s matches then took centre stage with PNG and Cook Islands playing the first game. PNG took the victory two sets to nil, while in the second match Solomon Islands defeated Palau, also two sets to nil.

Fiji had success over New Caledonia in two straight sets and again this week look like the team to beat in the Men’s competition.

In the final match of the afternoon, Vanuatu secured a victory over American Samoa, two sets to nil.

Vanuatu’s former champion and now coach of the Women’s team, Miller Pata is confident of her team’s form.

“For the two games that we still need to play, as a coach I believe we will win them all.”