PNG women’s volleyball win opener

The opening day of women’s volleyball at the Sol2023 Pacific Games saw wins for Papua New Guinea, Tahiti and Samoa at a packed Friendship Hall on Saturday 18th November.

In the first match up, Tahiti beat Samoa 2019 Pacific Games silver medallists American Samoa 3-1.

In the afternoon’s next clash, PNG and Solomon Islands played out a thrilling five-set encounter with PNG edging the home side 3 sets to 2. PNG won the first two sets 25-18, 25-12 before Solomon Islands came back strongly to avoid a white wash to win the next two 25-18, 25-19. PNG held on to win 15-12 in the fifth set.

A relieved PNG captain, Lois Garena admitted that host Solomon Islands put up a strong challenge against them but thanked the team for holding together to win the final set.

In Saturday’s other women’s match, Samoa beat Tuvalu 3-0.

In the men’s competition, defending champions Tahiti beat Tuvalu, Tonga defeated Kiribati 3-0, Samoa eased past Solomon Islands 3-0 and Fiji beat American Samoa 3-1.

Fiji, who won bronze at Samoa 2019, were relieved to bounce back on day two after their opening day loss to Tahiti.

Volleyball continues on Monday at the Friendship Hall. 

Loop Sports