It was the Men’s turn to take centre stage on Wednesday afternoon at the beach-like stadium where some exciting Beach Volleyball has been played this week as part of the Van2017 Pacific Mini Games.

In the Men’s competition, Tonga and Papua New Guinea were the victors in the early matches.

Tonga defeated Tuvalu in a close match where Tonga looks promising in the first set but Tuvalu stepped up their performance, winning the second set. In the third, Tonga came back with energy that dominated Tuvalu which resulted in Tonga taking the win.

In the second match, Papua New Guinea took on Solomon Islands and dominated the match from the beginning not giving the men from the Solomons a chance taking the first set and then the second in convincing style 21-16.

At the break, Furthermore, the Northern Marianas and American Samoa took part in an exhibition match which the Marianas won in two sets.

Saki Naivan, who represents Palau in Beach Volleyball, expressed his love of the game and why showing to the people is so important.

“It was great for the love of the game as long as you love the game you want to continue to play it. The games comes easy when you are out there on the court, nothing matters when playing volleyball.”

By Antas Tavuti