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High action in Flag Day volleyball tourneys

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The Women’s Division 2nd place winners, the ‘MYF Aai o Fiti’ team from Samoa, with their trophy after they lost to the Taumafai team at the women’s final during the American Samoa Volleyball Association (ASVA) 2013 Flag Day tournament held last week at the Tafuna High School gym. More photos below. [photo: AF]

The American Volleyball Association (ASVA) and the Islandwide Volleyball Association (IWVA) concluded their Flag Day volleyball tournament with high performances delivered by both local and off-island players from Samoa.
 
The ASVA used the Tafuna High School gym to hold its tournament, with 8 teams from Samoa, while the IWVA used to the ASCC gym for it tournament with only local volleyball teams.
 
AMERICAN SAMOA VOLLEYBALL ASSOCIATION FLAG DAY TOURNAMENT
 
The ASVA 2013 Flag Day tournament called the ‘Pacific Cup Volleyball Challenge’ consisted of 5 different divisions — the Men’s Open Division; Women’s Division; Queens’ Division; Under 19 Boys Division and the Under 13 Boys Division.
 
The ASVA invited 8 volleyball teams from Samoa to compete in their tournament, with four Samoa teams competing in the Men’s Open Division, two for the Women’s Division and the last two in the Queens’ Division.
 
After the tournament, only one team from Samoa took back home the perpetual trophy and a $600 cash prize. It was the ‘Stars of Samoa’ from Afega, when they defeated one of the top local volleyball teams, ‘Le Eka’, in a tough match.
 
In the Men’s Open Division, all four team from Samoa made it to the top 8, where they each faced four local team, and only the Laumua o Tumua team from Afega, Samoa advanced to the final against the ‘Seven Play’ after they both defeated the Tamauli Boyz team in the quarter finals and the Fiafia Boys from Nuuuli in the semi finals.
 
On the other hand, the Seven Play team defeated one of the top teams from Samoa, Aai o Fiti in the quarter finals, and continued it victory when they also beat the Sideout team in the semi finals, which were the 2012 Flag Day tournament’s defending champion, and advanced to the final against Laumua o Tumau — a team that also played in the finals during last year’s Flag Day tournament, losing the Sideout team. This year was a different story.
 
In the final match, Seven Play won the first set by 15- 9, but the Laumua o Tumua came back to win the second set 15-10, and in the final set, Seven Play stole the game and became the 2013 Flag Day Tournament champion.
 
In the women’s division, the Taumafai teams retained their champion when they defeated one of the top team from Samoa, the MYF Aai o Fiti in a tough match in the final. The Taumafai team won 2 of 3 sets to take the title.
 
The ASVA vice President and Advisor, Valasi Gaisoa thanks all teams from Samoa that took part in this year’s tournament, because without their support and commitment, the tournament would not have been able to go forward. ASVA president Savaliga Afu and treasurer Josie Afu were also present during the tournament, offering their support for the successful tourney.
 
The Samoa Volleyball Association Board (SVAB) was also present during the whole tournament, which included president Leu Fatu Faamausili, vice president Suailua Pouli Sam Kaleopa and their treasurer Savaii Toomalatai.
 
MEN OPEN DIVISION            PRIZES
 
CHAMPS            SEVEN PLAY (A.S)            PERPETUAL TROPHY & $2,000
 
2nd PLACE            LAUMUA O TUMUA (SAMOA)             PERPETUAL TROPHY & $500
 
MVP            SALVATION MIKAELE            TROPHY & $200
 
WOMEN DIVISION            PRIZES
 
CHAMPS            TAUMAFAI (A.S)            PERFETUAL TROPHY & $1,000
 
2nd PLACE            MYF AAI O FITI (SAMOA)            TROPHY & $400
 
MVP            ANASTASIA MANUIA            TROPHY & $100
 
QUEEN DIVISION            PRIZES
 
CHAMPS            STARS OF SAMOA (SAMOA            PERFETUAL TROPHY & $600
 
2nd PLACE            LE EKA (A.S)            TROPHY & $250
 
MVP             LILIAH STANLEY            TROPHY & $100
 
MEN U19 DIVISION            PRIZES
 
CHAMPS            SIDEOUT (A.S)            PERFETUAL TROPHY & $400
 
2ND PLACE            SPIKA HOLICS (A.S)            TROPHY & $250
 
MVP            SAM LUAIVA            TROPHY $100
 
MEN U13 DIVISION            PRIZES
 
CHAMPS            TAUMAFAI            PERFETUAL TROPHY & $150
 
2nd PLACE            ALL SPORTS            TROPHY & $100
 
ISLANDWIDE VOLLEYBALL ASSOCIATION FLAG DAY TOURNAMENT
 
This year mark the 5th year since the IWVA became independent and throughout each year, they’ve hosted leagues, clinics and tournaments for local volleyball players, who want to develop their skills in the game.
 
Their 4-day tournament called ‘The 2013 Flag Day Open Tournament’ was held from April 13th to 17th, and a total of 16 teams from several local volleyball clubs participated, comprising 11 teams for the Men’s division and 5 teams for the Women’s division.
 
There were two teams from Samoa that were schedule to participate in the tournament, but due to unforeseen circumstances, they were unable to travel.
 
The tournament was sponsored by some government leaders and businesses, including Pa’u Roy Ausage, Acting Director for Youth & Women Affairs, who donated all trophies for the tournament; and, Office of Samoan Affairs director Satele Galu Satele, who donated the Perpetual trophy for the Championship team.
 
Other sponsors including the Panamex Pacific Inc; Impex Pacific and Rep. Fatulegae’e Palepoi Mauga, who was the former IWVA President.
 
The results below contain the Flag Day tournament and the regular league.
 
TOURNAMENT RESULTS
 
MEN DIVISION            PRIZES
 
CHAMPS            FIAFIA BOYS (NUUULI)            PERPETUAL TROPHY & $300
 
2nd PLACE            WEST POINT (POLOA)            PERPETUAL TROPHY & $250
 
3rd PLACE             ALIITAOSO (KOKOLAND)            PERPETUAL TROPHY & $200
 
4th PLACE            SONS OF SAMOA (TAFUNA)            $100
 
MVP            SENETI (FIAFIA BOYS TEAM            TROPHY & BLUE SKY PHONE
 
WOMEN DIVISION            PRIZES
 
CHAMPS            ASCC CHIEFS            PERPETUAL TROPHY & $250
 
2nd PLACE            MEASINA GIRLS            TROPHY & $200
 
3rd PLACE            FEALOFANI GIRLS (K/LAND)            TROPHY & $150
 
4th PLACE            FIAFIA GIRLS (NUUULI)            $100
 
MVP             EMELE TULAFONO (ASCC)            TROPHY & BLUE SKY PHONE
 
LEAGUE RESULTS
 
MEN DIVISION            PRIZES:
 
CHAMPS            FEALOFANI BOYS (K/LAND)            TROPHY & $300
 
2nd PLACE              XTREME BOYS (ALOFAU)             TROPHY & $250
 
3rd PLACE              ASCC CHIEFS #1 (COLLEGE)            TROPHY & $200
 
4th PLACE             SONS OF SAMOA            TROPHY & $100
 
MVP            SALVATION MIKAELE            TROPHY & BLUE SKY PHONE
 
WOMEN DIVISION            PRIZES
 
CHAMPS            FIAFIA GIRLS  (NUUULI)            TROPHY & $200
 
2nd PLACE            ASCC CHIEFS (COLLEGE)             TROPHY & $150
 
3rd PLACE             TEINE O LE I’A (FAGASA)            TROPHY & $100
 
4th PLACE              MEASINA GIRLS (HG GIRLS)            TROPHY & $50
 
MVP            SARA MORGAN            TROPHY & BLUE SKY PHONE

The Taumafai women’s team retained their championship after they defeated a tough team from Samoa in the women’s final during the American Samoa Volleyball Association (ASVA) 2013 Flag Day tournament held last week at the Tafuna High School gym. Also in the picture is the current ASVA President, Savaliga Afu (left). [photo: AF]
The 2013 Flag day tournament champion in the Queen’s Division, ‘Star of Samoa’ team from Afega with their perpetual trophy after they defeated one of the local top teams, ‘Le Eka’ during the American Samoa Volleyball Association tournament held last week at the Tafuna High School gym. [photo: AF]


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