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Nainima helps Nadi win West rally

Maciu Malo
Monday, February 10, 2014

FORMER national beach volleyball rep Eroni Nainima led Nadi to win the Western Rally volleyball tournament held at Lautoka's Multipurpose courts on Saturday night.

The Jetsetters bounced back from their 22-25 first set loss to win the second and third sets by 25-22 and 15-8 respectively.

Nainima's troops struggled in the first set as the Sugar City boys led by former national reps Mesulame Metuisela and Hani Soko combined well providing quality balls for uprising power spiker Jese Toutou to capitalise on.

Toutou rattled the opposition with thundering spikes that laid the platform for his team in the first set.

But the experience of Nainima was an asset for Nadi guiding his team to a great comeback in the second quarter.

Nainima and his teammates calmly withstood the Lautoka onslaught before unleashing 18-year-old Paul Vatucawaqa to do the damage upfront.

Vatucawaqa a former Natabua High School student was one of the stars in the final displaying wonderful skills and launching power spikes to keep their oppositions on their toes as Nadi cruised to win the remaining two sets.

Vatucawaqa and Nainima were ably supported by brothers Dan and former national rep Tomasi Vatusenawanawa to deny Lautoka a victory on their home soil.

Elated Nadi coach Dan Vakadranu said the players never lost focus despite being down in the first set.

He said his boys managed to find their rhythm in the second set and dictated the show until the last whistle.

Vakadranu said defence was an important factor to their win.

"After the first set I told the boys to improve on their defence and I am happy that the boys did just that," the former national rep.

"We kept the momentum in the third set and hats off to the boys for their effort."

Gracious in defeat Lautoka coach Semi Qio said his players played to their best but was not enough to win them the game.

He said the loss had taught the players huge lessons as they prepare for the Vanua Challenge to be held in Suva.

In the women's catergory, Lautoka ousted Nadi to stamp their dominance as the best in the West.





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