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Rebel, WAF win Marist volleyball tournament

Moiz Munif
Sunday, January 28, 2018

THE Rebels men's and Water Authority Fiji (WAF) women's volleyball teams were crowned the 2018 Bula FM Marist Volleyball Champions yesterday at the Vodafone Arena in Suva.

Rebels men defeated Blackhawks in the final three straight sets while WAF beat Army in two sets.

Earlier in the men's semi-finals, Rebels beat Marist 2-0 and Blackhawks edged Northern Stars 2-1.

David Bechu, the Rebels manager, said they prepared well for the challenge.

"It was a tough semi-final as we played against the defending champion. We knew the game would be hard, that's why we prepared well for this tournament. There is a saying 'no guts no glory.' We have been training well and that paid off in the semi-final," he said.

In the women's semi-finals, Army beat Sisterhood 2-0 and Water Authority of Fiji beat Unique Women 2-0.

Army women's manager, Viliame Waqavuka said: "It's great to be up in this level again. In last year's final, we played Water Authority. We just started last week with our preparation as people just came back from the festive season. Our aim is to be consistent this year and we are working towards that," he said.

The women's knockout stage had started with the semi-finals because only 10 ten teams played in the competition.

The winner of the men's division walked away with $4000 while $3000 went to the women's winner.

Other results: men's quarterfinals: Blackhawks 2 Drifters 0; Northern Stars 3 WAF 1 ; Rebels 2 Vesida 0 ; Marist 2 Raiwaqa X 0; Men's semi-finals: Rebels 2 - Marist 0, Blackhawks 2 - Northern Stars 1. Women's semi-final: Army 2 - Sisterhood 0, WAF 2 - Unique Women 0

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