Tahiti team dominates Semi-Final action in POJC tournament, Day Four
The 2013 International Tennis Federation (ITF) Pacific Oceania Junior Championships (POJC) in Lautoka, Fiji, completed its Semi-Final games yesterday-Fiji Time. Due to Fiji being 23 hours ahead of American Samoa time, Samoa News was not able to retrieve the results of finals as of press time. American Samoa has five junior tennis players competing in the 2013 POJC.
In Singles Semi-Finals action, day 4, American Samoa’s Kevin Maukoloa (Boys 15 & Under) made it to the Semi-Finals in Position 1-8, where he faced Christopher Shan of Tahiti. Shan defeated Maukoloa in the finals last week in Apia during the ITF East Pacific Regional Championships. This match-up was no different, as Maukoloa fell victim to Shan once again 6-0 6-1. With the victory, Shan faced Northern Mariana Island’s Christopher Caijigan in the finals. Maukoloa faced Tahitian Manoa Desvignes for the 3rd and 4th overall position. In the Doubles Semi-Finals, Maukoloa and Shan were victorious over Larry Magalasin (American Samoa) and Michael Emery (Tahiti) 6-4 6-2. Maukoloa and Shan faced Caijigan and Terry Lee Rush-Apis of the Federated States of Micronesia in the finals.
American Samoa’s other Boys 15 & Under player, Larry Magalasin defeated Lataisi Mwea of Kiribati 6-1 6-4 in the Semi-Finals Position 9-16. Magalasin faced Joel Junior Benjamin of the Solomon Islands in the Finals-Position 9-16. In Doubles action yesterday, Magalasin and Emery faced American Samoa’s Juma Vigas and Desvignes for the 3rd and 4th overall Doubles spot.
Yesterday Vigas fell victim to Graham Mani of the Solomon Islands 2-6 and 3-6 in the Semi-Finals Position 9-16. Vigas played Andy Duhaze of New Caledonia for the 7th and 8th overall spot.
Charity Saigiao (Girls 15 & Under) of American Samoa once again fell to a walkover/unopposed defeat yesterday in the Semi-Finals (Position 9-12) to Lea Bolo of New Caledonia. This finished Saigiao’s tournament run. Saigiao who had six matches during the tournament, had four defeats due to all four being walkover/unopposed, with only two being played out, where she was defeated in both matches.
American Samoa’s Girls 12 & Under Lesei Perelini played in the Semi-Finals yesterday and downed Daisy Sipiti of Vanuatu 6-2 and 6-0. She played Eleanor Shuster of Samoa for her final match, where she will finish in the 5-8 spots. Perelini and Shuster lost to the Tahitian team of Naia Guitton and Lea Lamorelle in the Doubles Semi-Finals 0-6 and 4-6. Perelini and Shuster played Anne Skilling and Tilda Tollenoa of the Federated States of Micronesia for the 3rd and 4th overall Doubles spot.
Samoa News spoke with head coach and trainer of the American Samoa Tennis Association, Dave Godinet who said, “I am very proud of our players, but we still need more and more outside tournaments. The kids need that tournament toughness. They need to keep seeing and playing in different environments.”
“I want to thank everyone that helped in the summer program in getting the kids ready and I hope that when they return, we can keep the training going,” said Godinet.
Keep reading Samoa News for the updates on the American Samoa Junior Tennis players in this year’s POJC in Fiji.