Pago represented well in ITF Pacific Oceania Jr Championships
The 2013 International Tennis Federation (ITF) Pacific Oceania Junior Championships (POJC) is currently underway, with five junior tennis players representing American Samoa, who are members of the American Samoa Tennis Association.
The POCJ had its opening day yesterday and is being played in Laukota, Fiji up until this coming Friday, August 16.
The five American Samoa players are Kevin Maukoloa (Boys 15 & Under), Larry Magalasin (Boys 15 & Under), Jumas Vigas (Boys 15 & Under), Charity Saigiao (Girls 15 & Under) and Lesei Perelini (Girls 12 & Under).
They did well enough last week at the ITF East Pacific Regional Championships in Apia, Samoa to earn a trip to Fiji, according to reports Samoa News has been receiving via email from the Oceania Regional Development Office of the ITF.
In the POJC there are junior tennis players from the Eastern Pacific, Western Pacific and North Pacific regions, converging in one spot to see who will make it to compete in Australia and New Zealand for more Oceania competition — where the playing field should be more than twice the size than in the POJC.
Last week in Apia, perhaps American Samoa’s strongest player Kevin Maukoloa made it to the finals where he played against Christopher Shan of Tahiti. Unfortunately for Maukoloa, Shan was able to defeat him in a tough final.
On the opening day yesterday, in Fiji, Shan defeated his New Caledonian opponent as well as Vigas of American Samoa, to start his tournament play off strong, just as he had done last week.
However, Maukoloa was able to do the same yesterday, as he downed his first opponent from Northern Mariana Islands (NMI) and then his next opponent from Kiribati.
Magalasin on opening day, won one and lost one. Jumas lost both of his matches on day one. Saigiao had two walkover/unopposed defeats on day one, while Perelini started the tournament off very strong by winning both of her matches — defeating one opponent from the Solomon Islands and the other from Vanuatu.