Local tennis stars on winning side in POJC
The 2013 International Tennis Federation (ITF) Pacific Oceania Junior Championship (POJC) that took place August 12-16 in Lautoka, Fiji concluded Friday with the overall team victory going to the Eastern Pacific Regional Team, beating out the Northern Pacific Regional Team and the Western Pacific Team.
The ITF POJC had the best junior tennis players from each region converging into one spot battling it out against one another. The next tournament for these top junior tennis players is the ITF Oceania Plate 2013 which began yesterday (local time) in Nadi, Fiji.
In the POJC last week, the Eastern Pacific Regional Team featured players from Samoa, Tahiti, Tonga, Cook Islands and American Samoa. The five American Samoa players competing were Kevin Maukloloa, Larry Magalaisn, and Juma Vigas in the boys 15 and under category, Charity Saigiao (Girls 15 & Under) and Lesei Perlini (Girls 12 & Under).
Last week in the Boys 15 & Under Singles, Maukoloa placed 4th overall when he was defeated Friday by Manoa Desvignes of Tahiti 5-7, 4-6. Magalasin finished out in the 9th overall spot when on Friday he defeated Joel Junior Benjamin of the Solomon Islands 6-4, 6-3. Vigas finished 15th overall in a field of 16, defeating Andy Duhaze of New Caledonia 6-2, 6-1. Saigiao came out 11th overall out of a field of 12 in the Girls 15 & Under Singles Division. Perelini was able to finish 5th overall in the Girls 12 & Under Singles when she defeated Eleanor Shuster of Samoa last Friday 6-3, 6-2.
In Doubles action, the team of Maukoloa and Christopher Shan of Tahiti, was able to walk away with the Boys 15 & Under title last week when they defeated Christopher Caijigan of the Northern Mariana Islands and Terry Lee Rush-Apis of the Federated States of Micronesia in the finals 6-3, 6-2. Magalasin and doubles teammate Michael Emery of Tahiti finished 3rd overall when they downed Vigas and Desvignes (4th overall) 6-2, 2-6, 10-5. Perelini and doubles teammate Shuster, finished 3rd overall in the Girls 12 & Under doubles when they defeated the Federated States of Micronesia's team of Anne Skilling and Tilda Tollenoa 6-3, 6-1.
Last week Maukoloa won 3 and lost 3 in singles play and was 3-0 in doubles play for an overall total of 6-3 in matches. Magalasin has a total of 4 wins with 2 loses in singles matches and was 2-1 in doubles and finished with 6 wins and 3 loses. Vigas won 2 singles and lost 4, while going 1-2 in doubles to finish with 3 wins and 6 loses. Saigiao finished at 0-6 in singles and did not compete in the doubles. Perelini won 5 singles with only 2 loses. In doubles she was 2-1 to finish at 7 wins and 3 loses.
The American Samoa players will continue to compete with the Eastern Pacific Regional team this week during the ITF Oceania Plate 2013 which is scheduled to run until Thursday, August 22.
Updates on the Oceania Plate will be published in this week's issue of the Samoa News.
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