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Suva, Raiwai set for Vulaca clash

Arin Kumar
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

THE two main matches of the Battle of the Powerhouses last weekend was a preview of what's to come at the Vulaca Championship this weekend.

That is the view of renowned volleyball official Iliesa Raketekete who was present at the FMF Gymnasium last weekend.

Suva overcame Raiwai 3-1 in the open women's competition and 3-0 in the open men's match.

However, Raketekete believes Vulaca will be a different ball game since Raiwai is the defending champion.

He said while both teams had a good warm-up for the Vulaca, it would be difficult to call which team would win.

"The Battle of the Powerhouses tournament was new and even though Suva won, both teams were good on the court," Raketekete said.

"From what we saw in the matches last weekend, we knew it was tough but the teams were determined to perform to their best.

"And since the Vulaca is a national event, we can expect the intensity of the matches to be higher this weekend."

He said since more teams would be part of the competition, upsets might dent the chances of the bigger teams.

"We have seen upsets happen in the past and it can happen again this weekend.

"So the bigger teams should not underestimate the smaller teams and the smaller teams should play with more confidence so that they can match the bigger teams and give them a run for their money.

"Suva and Raiwai are the favourites but it all comes down to how they play their games on the day.

"They perform poorly, they can be out of the tournament but if they perform well, there is a very high chance of them meeting in the final once again."

The Vulaca Championship will be played on Friday and Saturday at the FMF Gymnasium.

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