Big turnout for start of IWVBA Shield League

The current Shield Holder in the Men’s B Division, Team Ave Ma Oe of the Islandwide Volleyball Association (IWVBA) Shield League 2012. The IWVBA Shield League 2012 opened last Saturday at Samoana High School. Ave Ma Oe first earned the shield in the Men’s B Division on the opening day Saturday by defeating Paepaeala and defended it yesterday, during Labor Day league action, by downing Team Peacemaker. [photo: Jeff Hayner]

The Islandwide Volleyball Association (IWVBA) opened its Shield League 2012 last Saturday at the Samoana High School gymnasium with a total of 28 teams and 3 divisions (Women’s, Men’s A and Men’s B) in this year’s Shield League. With approximately 300 fans in attendance last Saturday, the teams of the IWVBA showcased its highflying, hard hitting and technically sound players in this year’s league.

Twelve (12) matches with the Women’s Division took to the court first. In the first match, Alofa Mai was able to defeat SBC Family in two sets, 17-10, 17-8. In the second match, the BTI Blockarettes downed Team Fiafia also in two sets, 13-17, 15-17, while in the final game in the Women’s Division, the Eastern Star/All 4 One Team had to go three full sets to earn their victory against the Matalasi Girls, 17-10, 16-17 and 15-7.

In the Men’s B Division, first up was SBC Family taking on Sons of Samoa. The SBC Family was defeated by the Sons of Samoa in two sets, 11-17 and 15-17. Team Peacemaker was defeated by Fetu o le Afiafi also in two sets, 14-17 and 14-17. In the Shield Game in the B Division, Paepaeala from Aua took Team Ave Ma Oe to the limit, but fell short as Ave Ma Oe took the Shield in three sets, 17-14, 7-17 and 12-15.

Ave Ma Oe is still currently the Shield holder in the Men’s B Division, as they walloped Peacemaker yesterday 17-13 and 17-15 to keep the Shield, in the only games Samoa News was able to get final scores on from Monday’s Labor Day league action as of press time.

The Men’s A Division Imua kept Aua on the ropes throughout the whole match, as they cruised to victory in two sets downing Aua, 17-10 and 17-10. Team Flying Star from the village of Tula, squeaked by Kagifa from Happy Valley in the first set, while winning the second set convincingly for the match, 17-16 and 17-10. The Sons of Samoa was defeated in their first set against the A.T.O. Boys, but was able to rebound to take the next two sets for the victory 15-17, 17-14 and 15-10. The Matalasi Boys was defeated in high fashion as they were routed by the Fiafia Boys convincingly, 13-17 and 8-17. Team Uso had trouble in the first set against All 4 One as they were downed, but almost rebounded in the second set as they fell short by only one point. All 4 One was able to take the second set as well for the match, 4-17 and 16-17. Rapanui was a forfeit winner over Manuatele.

The President of the IWVBA Legae’e ‘Lang’ Mauga wishes to extend an invitation to the public to come watch the talent showcased in this year’s league that takes place on Saturday at the Samoana High School Gymnasium, with the first game scheduled to start at 9 a.m. with other games to follow throughout the day.

The league is scheduled to run through October 27.


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