Cook Islands bows out without a win

Thursday January 16, 2020 Written by Published in Other Sports
Cook Islands’ Brendon Heath in action against Tuvalu at the World Tour Beach Volleyball tournament yesterday. 20011535 Cook Islands’ Brendon Heath in action against Tuvalu at the World Tour Beach Volleyball tournament yesterday. 20011535

Team Cook Islands is not too disappointed about bundling out of the World Tour Beach Volleyball tournament without a win yesterday at the Beach Courts in Nikao.

 

The national side, who fielded two teams, played two games each and lost them to finish day one of the one-star international event at the bottom of their pools.

But senior player Brendon Heath said the tournament was a “good learning curve” especially for the newcomers in the teams.

Cook Islands pair of Rai-Arii Enoka and Atatoa Herman lost to Japan by two straight sets (2-21, 9-21) in their opening Pool A match. They played Norway in their second match and went down 0-2 (5-21, 7-21).

The other national pair of Brendon Heath and Raitiavatea Herman played Australia in their opening match in Pool D.

It was a tough battle, but the Australians eventually won 2-1. Cook Islands won the first set 21-18 before losing the second set 18-21. The national set went down again 9-15 in the deciding set.

In their second match, Heath and Herman lost to Tuvalu 0-2 (15-21, 16-21).

Health said: “We started off well but couldn’t back it up with strong performance later in those matches. We didn’t train for this event and that probably was the reason we couldn’t hold onto our good start. But it was good to get a couple of games at this level.”

USA leads Pool A followed by Japan in second place while Pool B is headed by New Zealand followed by Japan.

Japan tops Pool C followed by Canada and USA leads Pool D followed by Australia.

The tournament continues today and will end tomorrow with the finals.

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