17 Feb 2012

Sport: Samoa and Fiji volleyballers begin strongly

10:35 am on 17 February 2012

Samoa and Fiji's men claimed victory on day one of the Asian Continental Cup Beach Volleyball tournament in Mt Maunganui, with the Samoan women edging their Fijian rivals in a golden set.

Samoa's men swept Vanuatu 4-0 with the top pairing of Afa Lauvai and Toetu Toetu winning both of their matches in straight sets.

Meanwhile, Fiji scored a 3-1 victory over Papua New Guinea with Pacifc Games champions Aisake Raratabu and Waisale Suka leading the way.

In the women's competition, Samoa needed a golden set to see off Fiji.

The top duo of Vaituutuu Taua and Leute Mataipule sealed victory over Fiji's Alitiana Dokonivalu and Alitia Yaya in the deciding golden set 15-9.