American Samoa’s junior tennis player still unbeaten

Development Officer calls tennis East- Pacific matches "excellent" thus far
In this 2011 file photo Kevin Maukoloa (3rd left) is shown with tennis coaches Fa’aletino Roberts and Dave Godinet and the ASTA junior tennis team picked for that year's Eastern Pacific Regional tournament in Fiji. Four of the five players who competed were (L-R) Lui Amurao, Kevin Maukoloa, Chris Sami and Christian Duchnak. Absent was Leilani Duchnak. [photo: FV]

The American Samoa junior tennis players competing in Apia at the International Tennis Federation (ITF) East Pacific Regional Championships 2013 which is scheduled to run August 5-9, finished its second and third day of play with exciting matches, according to ITF Development Officer for the Pacific Oceania Region Gene Ridgway who has been keeping in contact with Samoa News via email.
“There have been excellent matches since the opening day. Everyone is playing hard and the matches have been exciting,” said Ridgway.
This ITF East Pacific Regional Championships has junior tennis players 18 & under coming together from the island nations of Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti and the Cook Islands.
American Samoa’s Boys 15 & under Kevin Maukoloa, who is expected to do very well in this tournament, kept his winning ways alive on the second day. On the first day of the tournament he was able to dominate and did the same on the second day. On day two he defeated his Tongan challenger Teu Tongi and American Samoa doubles teammate Larry Magalasin in singles action.
Magalasin, who was one of the top Boys 12 & under players in the Oceania Region, is playing in the 15 & under division in this tournament. While Magalasin was able to defeat both of his opponents on day one, on day two he was not only downed by Maukoloa, but he also fell victim to Christopher Shan of Tahiti. However on the second day, Maukoloa teamed up with Magalasin as they were victorious in Doubles play as they defeated the team of Manoa Desvignes of Tahiti and Andrew Tereupe of the Cook Islands.
On the third day of play the American Samoan players had an up and down day. American Samoa Doubles team of Clarence Herdrich and Juma Vigas, came into the third day with high hopes after being victorious on day two, the first day of doubles play in the Boys 15 & under. However on day three, the American Samoa team was downed by the Tahitian team of Michael Emery and Christopher Shan 3-6, 6-3, 10-4. Also on the third day of play, Magalasin and Maukoloa kept their doubles winning streak alive as they defeated the Tongan team of Uitisoni Vailala Aso and Teu Tongi, 6-0, 3-6, 10-6.
Here are the results of day three for the American Samoa players:
Boys 12 & Under Singles:
Tuala Paulo (Samoa) def. Joseph Duchnak (Am. Samoa) 6-1 6-1
Kristen Pavitt (Samoa) def. John Quinn Lim (Am. Samoa) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
Brian Mose (Am. Samoa) def. Sasa Tevita (Samoa) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
Girls 12 & Under Singles:
Naia Guitton (Tahiti) def. Lesei Perelini (Am. Samoa) 6-0 6-0
Tiamai Koteka (Cook Is) def. Crystal Christman (Am. Samoa) 6-7, 6-1, 6-1
Boys 15 & Under Singles:
Di-Ge Reupena (Samoa) def. Clarence Herdrich (Am. Samoa) 6-4 6-2
Larry Magalasin (Am. Samoa) def. Juma Vigas (Am. Samoa) 6-0 6-0
Kevin Maukoloa (Am. Samoa) def. Michael Emery (Tahiti) 6-4 6-4
Girls 15 & Under Singles:
Kiana Sword-Tua (Cook Is) def. Dora Perelini (Am. Samoa) 6-2 6-0
Simoana Reupena (Samoa) def. Tyra Uhrle (Am. Samoa) 6-0 6-0
Anasis Saipele (Samoa) def. Charity Saigiao (Am. Samoa) 6-0 7-5
Boys 18 & Under Singles:
Theodore Herdrich (Am. Samoa) def. Deon Passi (Am. Samoa) 4-6, 6-0, 6-0
Boys 12 & Under Doubles:
Joshua Manate/Gillian Osmont (Tahiti) def. Joseph Duchnak/John Quinn Lim (Am. Samoa) 6-0 6-1
Girls 12 & Under Doubles:
Crystal Christmen/Lesei Perelini (Am. Samoa) def. Cassidy Hughes/Tyra Loulangting (Samoa) 6-3 6-3
Boys 15 & Under Doubles:
Michael Emery/Chrisopher Shan (Tahiti) def. Clarence Herdrich/Jumas Vigas (Am. Samoa) 3-6, 6-3, 10-4
Larry Magalasin/Kevin Maukoloa (Am. Samoa) def. Uitisoni Vailala Aso/Teu Tongi (Tonga) 6-0, 3-6, 10-6
Girls 15 & Under Doubles:
Anasis Saipele/Lyla Tapuosa (Samoa) def. Dora Perelini/Charity Saigiao (Am. Samoa) walkover
Kiana Sword-Tia (Cook Is) Sisilia Laumanu Teu (Tonga) def. Simoana Reupena (Samoa) Tyra Uhrle (Am. Samoa) 6-1 6-0
All of the American Samoa junior tennis players are products of the American Samoa Tennis Association where they train. You can visit the tournaments website at: www.tournamentsoftware.com.


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