The fourth day of the Sol2023 Pacific Games volleyball tournament at Honiara’s Friendship Hall featured exciting match-ups in both men’s and women’s, showcasing intense competition among the participating countries.
In the men’s volleyball competition, Kiribati faced off against New Caledonia in their third pool game. New Caledonia secured a 3-1 victory, marking their second win. Conversely, Kiribati faced their third defeat with just one win in the same pool.
Meanwhile, the clash between Solomon Islands and Tonga in the same pool saw Solomon Islands emerge victorious 3-1. This win marked the hosts’ first victory in the tournament, with two losses in previous matches.
Solomon Islands’ Junior Navere said: “Today I am happy with my team. Even though we struggled, it was tough, but we managed to overcome it.” He emphasised the need for the team to boost their confidence before facing New Caledonia, due to their experienced players.
In another intense men’s match-up, PNG dominated Fiji with a 3-0 victory and now lead pool B with three wins. Fiji, on the other hand, have won two matches and suffered one loss.
Turning to women’s volleyball, Tahiti exhibited a strong performance, defeating Solomon Islands in three sets and securing their position as the leading team in women’s pool A. Solomon Islands, in contrast, have suffered three losses in the same pool.
The match between American Samoa and PNG was a thrilling contest. American Samoa, having won two matches and lost one, faced stiff competition from PNG, who fought hard to win in straight sets, but the match remained intense until the final whistle.
Volleyball continues on Wednesday at Friendship Hall. Entry is $30 SBD for a full day of action, with tickets on sale from Sol2023 ticket booths.
By Walter Sale, Pacific Games News Service