American Samoa on track for beach volleyball qualifiers
American Samoa's women beach volleyball team say they do not need to do anything different in order to defend their title.
The women's team won gold in Port Moresby at the 2015 XV Pacific Games and have added a new pairing combination for the 2019 edition of the Pacific Games.
Deveney Pula, 28, and Litara Keil, 26, have been on a winning streak since Monday, when they defeated Solomon Islands 2-0 and followed up on that with a hard fought 2-1 victory over Australia on Wednesday.
With their next match being play-offs, the pair are ready to take on whoever is scheduled to play the duo.
"I think we can’t change anything, I think we just play our game and focus on our game plans and stick to that, I don’t think we need to do anything special or do anything different.
"Just stay on our game and stay focused between what we’re doing on our side of the court and take care of our job," said Keil from Pago Pago.
A total of 11 nations are competing in the women's division in the five-day tournament.
Asked how they felt leading their pool so far, Pula said they cannot wait for more.
"We’re stoked and cannot wait for more. We’re excited to play and represent our country and be here with everyone and just play really," said the Aua resident.
Keil also expressed their appreciation for the chance to represent their country.
"We thank you for the opportunity to represent that we have to compete and represent our country American Samoa.
"And there’s a bunch of sports that came out to support us and that helped a lot with the victory so thank you and fa’afetai lava," she said.