Jr Tennis players move on to Oceania Plate with strong show

Am. Samoa Junior Tennis player Lesei Perelini (left) and Apia, Samoa Junior Tennis player Eleanor Shuster during the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Pacific Oceania Junior Championships (POJC) in Lautoka, Fiji last week. Perelini is now competing along with her teammates this week in the ITF Oceania Plate 2013 in Nadi, Fiji. [photo: ASTA Facebook]

The five American Samoa junior tennis players who competed last week in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Pacific Oceania Championships (POJC) in Lautoka, Fiji as part of the Eastern Pacific Regional Team, are now playing in the ITF Oceania Plate 2013 - which is being held in Nadi, Fiji from August 19-22.
The five American Samoa players on the Eastern Pacific Regional team, had some success last week, where their best finish was 4th place in Singles play when Kevin Maukoloa finished 4th overall in the Boys 15 & Under division.
However, Maukoloa did share a 1st place finish victory — in Doubles play —when he and Doubles teammate Christopher Shan of Tahiti dominated that division last week.
On Day One of the Oceania Plate that began on Sunday, American Samoa time (Fiji is 23 hours ahead of American Samoa time), the American Samoa junior tennis players had success right from the beginning of this tournament.
The five local players are: Senior Boys Kevin Maukoloa and Larry Magalasin; Junior Boys Juma Vigas; Junior Girls Charity Saigiao and 12 & Under Girls Lesei Perelini.
On his match on Day One, Maukoloa was able to easily defeat Lataisi Mwea of Kiribati 6-0, 6-0. Even though Maukoloa had a little harder time with his Northern Mariana Islands  opponent Moris Villanueva, he was still able to walk away victorious as Maukoloa took the match in three sets 7-6(3), 3-6 and 6-4.
 Magalasin had success as well, as he also downed Villanueva in a hard fought two set match 7-5, 6-3. Magalasin had an easier time with Christino Fujiyama of the Solomon Islands as he cruised to victory over Fujiyama 6-2, 6-2.
Vigas also tasted success on the first day, even though he had only one match, where he defeated Banian Ioera of Kiribati in two sets 6-2, 6-1.
Saigiao who did not win any matches last week, came storming out of the starting blocks on the first day winning both of her matches. She defeated Lea Lamorelle of Tahiti 6-0, 6-0 and Naia Guitton also of Tahiti 6-0, 6-3.
Perelini finished off both of her opponents to start the tournament off strong when she downed Chrisma Au of the Solomon Islands 6-1, 6-1. She also won in two sets over Daisy Sipiti of Vanuatu 6-0, 6-3.
Due to the time difference between Fiji and American Samoa, Samoa News was not able to retrieve the results of the matches on Day Two of the tournament.
Day Two had Maukoloa playing Magalasin and Fujiyama.
Magalasin faced off against Maukoloa and Manoa Desvignes of Tahiti.
Vigas faced Clement Mainguy of Vanuatu and Joshua Manate of Tahiti.
Saigiao squared off against Tania Tan of NMI, while Perelini was matched up against Anne Skilling of the Federated States of Micronesia.
Keep reading Samoa News to see how the American Samoa junior tennis players are faring in this year’s ITF Oceania Plate 2013 in Nadi, Fiji.


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