Apia, Samoa, July 11, 2019 – The Pacific Games beach volleyball competition has reached its peak when the men’s and women’s teams completed their action-packed quarter-finals here on Thursday.

In the morning, the men’s pairings battled it out with epic matches that saw American Samoa, Australia, Tonga and Tahiti fight out for the medals on the last day of competition. Every match had its tension, balanced against the colour of the big crowds that love getting behind their teams and singing and waving flags.

The stadium was overflowing to watch the local boys take on the Tahitians.  Samoa (Neval Stowers / Eneliko Tui) fought hard, with both Tahiti and Samoa having set point in the first set, but Tahiti (Terau Ena / Jeremie Paraue) eventually won the set 25:23.  The Samoans fought hard in the second set, with strong attack and defence but Tahiti were finally successful, winning 25:23, 21:18.

The women’s matches saw Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, American Samoa and Tahiti through to the semi-finals. The VAN2017 champions, Vanuatu (Miller Pata / Shersyn Toko), again demonstrated their skill and experience to defeat a determined Australia (Britt Kendall / Stef Weiler).  Australia chose a big-hitting style against Vanuatu, but the subtle counter-attacking resulted in a straight sets victory for Vanuatu (21:13), (21:16).

A big last day ahead with semi-finals in the morning and the Bronze and Gold Medal matches in the afternoon.  Follow all the action at

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