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New Caledonia and Fiji dominate Oceania Volleyball Championships

New Caledonia men's squad and Fiji Women’s team picked up the gold medals at the Oceania Volleyball Championships
Noumea, New Caledonia, August 3, 2010 – The New Caledonia men’s Volleyball team ended their round robin play unbeaten to clinch the gold medal at home in the Oceania Volleyball Championships after beating rivals Papua New Guinea while Fiji’s women’s team defeated New Caledonia in the finals to pick up the women’s crown.

The tournament, which finished on July 31, saw six teams challenge for the title, including hosts New Caledonia, New Zealand, Samoa, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Wallis and Futuna.

After five days round robin play, the host team defeated all five of their rivals while Papua New Guinea placed second, followed by Wallis and Futuna, Samoa.and Fiji.
In the playoff for the final rankings, New Caledonia came from one set down to overcome Papua New Guinea 3-1 (23-25, 25-14, 25-17, 25-20).
In the bronze medal match, Wallis and Futuna took revenge for their loss to Samoa in the preliminary round, beating them in straight sets (25-21, 26-24, 25-17) to place third.
In the women’s edition, a total of eight participating teams (two squads each from New Caledonia and Fiji) were divided into two pools for the preliminary round which was held from July 26-29.  
Fiji and New Caledonia 2 finished as the top two in Pool A to qualify for the semifinals while New Caledonia 1 and New Zealand topped the tables in Pool B.

In the semifinals Fiji beat New Zealand 3-1 (8-25, 25-19, 25-/17, 30-28) while New Caledonia 1 beat compatriots New Caledonia 2 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 29-27) to book their place in the final.

Elsewhere, Samoa defeated Wallis and Futuna 3-0 (25-9, 25-15, 25-15) to finish fifth and Papua New Guinea edged Fiji 2 3-1 (25-17, 25-20, 14-25, 25-23) to finish the 7th.
However the hosts dream of securing a double gold medal came to an end as Fiji saw off the home side 3-0 (27-25, 25-18, 25- 21) in the final.
New Zealand picked up the bronze medal overcoming New Caledonia 2 3-1 (25-17, 25-17, 12-25, 25-14) .
Final rankings:


1 Fiji 1
2 New Caledonia 1
3 New Zealand
4 New Caledonia 2
5 Samoa
6 Wallis and Futuna
7 Papua New Guinea
8 Fiji 2
1 New Caledonia
2 Papua New Guinea
3 Wallis and Futuna
4 Samoa
5 New Zealand
6 Fiji


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