Tahiti Beach Volleyball.. The golden touch

Tahiti Mens and Womens Team
Proud Tahiti crowd lifts their heroes

Tahiti won a great match against Fiji which tested each teams endurance. Tahiti took the offensive in the first set with Dino Tauraa coming out firing with great smashes and blocking. The Fiji duo made some technical mistakes including some double hits and touching the net, which gave Tahiti the points advantage to hold on and win the second set. Fiji started the second set nervously but were able to take a semblence of control on the set with amazing netplay and tremendous spikes giving them the advantage which they held on to send the match a third set 21-18. Tahiti showed their desire for the gold in the third with Dino and Maheanuu throwing everything but the kitchen sink at the fijians. Tahiti victorious 15-10.
This was first class final that really came down to desire in the end. Dino and Steeve just had the fight to maintain their rage to the end while Suka and Nanima appeared to be waiting for the results to go their way. Dino Tauraa was the driving force behind the Tahiti machine coming through in the end with the winning points.

A great crowd of supporters made the day which ended up with double gold for Tahiti.

Final standings for men were as follows:

1 Tahiti
2 Fiji
3 Tonga
4 New Caledonia
5 Wallis et Futuna
6 Samoa
7 Guam
9 Vanuatu
10 Solomon Is
11 PNG


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