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Women beach volleyballers finding it tough

The Samoa women's beach volley team is out of medal content after suffering two losses and recording only one win since the opening of competition.

Tumua Uelese and Emalini Toleafoa were defeated Wednesday afternoon in straight sets 2-0 by Solomon Islands' Rose Gwali and Hanna Donga.

Hila Asanuma and Holly Uamada of Palau put up a good fight and won the first set with 21-16. 

But Uelese and Toleafoa came back fighting and won the third set 15-12. 

They beat Palau 2-1 Wednesday morning, but even that victory was not enough to keep them in medal contention, as they were beaten 2-0 in straight sets on Tuesday by the Marshall Islands. 

The 25-year-old Uelese said it was a "must win".

"Yes it was a first win and a must win if we were to proceed on to the next level.

The pair said they will be going back to review and mentally prepare for their upcoming pool games before the start of the finals. 

"The thing that kept us going was lifting each other’s spirit," said 38-year-old Toleafoa.

Uelese is the eldest daughter of Member of Parliament, Afamasaga Rico and Asenati Tupa'i from Ululoloa and Fasitoo-tai while Toleafoa is the daughter of Saumani Ta'atua and Emalini Toleafoa from Vaitele, Afega and Satupaitea.


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