Fiji Men/Women Beach Duos Qualify For 2018 Commonwealth Games

  0 Carly DeMarque | December 20th, 2017 | Beach

Fiji secured a men’s and women’s pair for the 2018 Commonwealth Games that are set to take place in April 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia. The duos earned their spot in the competition at the Oceania Commonwealth Games Beach Volleyball Qualifier.

For the women, Nima/Ratudina won all four matches in round-robin play and advanced to the finals against Solomon Islands’ Gwali/U’Una in straight sets 2-0, (21-19, 21-19). Despite not making it to the finals, Chilia/Aru of Vanuatu has already qualified for the Games following their play in the 2017 FIVB World Tour.

On the men’s side, Fiji’s Korowale/Elliot defeated Papua New Guinea’s Mea/Kilarupa in three sets 2-1, (21-18, 18-21, 15-8).

ROUND-ROBIN MATCHES: Bae/Walo (Papua New Guinea) b Peter/Taimanuga (Tuvalu) 2-0 (21-9 23-21); Gwali/U’Una (Solomon Islands) b Taakam/Batio (Kiribati) 2-0 (21-12 21-9)

SEMI-FINALS: Korowale/Eliot (Fiji) b Kefu/Nuopule (Solomon Islands) 2-0 (21-11 21-17); Mea/Kilarupa (Papua New Guinea) b Chilia/Aru (Vanuatu) 2-1 (21-6 15-21 15-11)

THIRD-PLACE: Kefu/Nuope (Solomon Islands) b Chilia/Aru (Vanuatu) 2-1 (25-27 21-17 15-13)

Men: Korawale/Elliot (Fiji) b Mea Kilarupa (Papua New Guinea) 2-1 (21-18 18-21 15-8)
Women: Nima/Ratudina (Fiji) b Gwali/U’Una (Solomon Islands) 2-0 (21-19 21-19);

1. Korawale/Elliot (Fiji)
2. Mea/Kilarupa (Papua New Guinea)
3. Kefu/Nuopule (Solomon Islands)
4. Chilia/Aru (Vanuatu)
5. B. Heath/D. Heath (Cook Islands) and Ata/Saaga (Tuvalua)
7. Anro/Manuera (Kiribati)

1. Nima/Ratudina (Fiji)
2. Gwali/U’Una (Solomon Islands)
3. Bae/Walo (Papua New Guinea)
4. Peter/Taimanuga (Tuvalu)
5. Taakam/Balio (Kiribati)

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About Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque has been involved with competitive volleyball for the majority of her life, playing competitively at the club and collegiate level for 15 years and coaching club for five. Now a retired Division I volleyball athlete out of McNeese State University, she continues her volleyball enthusiasm by stepping back into …

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