Rarotonga, Cook Islands, November 3, 2015 – The second day of the AVC Continental Cup Beach Volleyball Zonal Championships was another fantastic display of Pacific Beach Volleyball.
In the first half of the day, games started off with the men’s New Zealand, the current Oceania Champions, versus American Samoa which saw New Zealand too strong for the American Samoa.
In the women’s competition, New Zealand versus Vanuatu was expected to be a close match, especially with both teams featuring potential 18 year old and comers. For New Zealand, Kiana Tawa is getting her first taste of international beach volleyball, while for Vanuatu Loti Joe has competed internationally at the Youth Olympics. It was the experience of the Vanuatu team that made the difference, after Vanuatu’s stars Miller Pata and Linline Matauatu cruised past New Zealand 1’s Julia Tilley and Shaunna Polley and the second team battled in a tight two set match where Vanuatu prevailed.
For top seeds Australia, it was the same fashion as usual against Fiji. The vastly experienced Australians comfortably won their semi-finals 2-0.
Second half of the day for the men’s saw Australia take on Cook Islands. The Cook Island 1 made a positive start but the accuracy of the Australian play eventually wore them down and they took the match comfortably 2-0. Australia’s new men’s combination of Soderberg/Durant also comfortably defeated Maihia/Mata.