Disappointed Men’s Beach Volleyball Doubles Stay Positive

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  •  LOOKING TO BOUNCE BACK  Disappointed Neval Stowers and Eneliko Tui swallow their disappointment with the promise to learn from their mistakes in a quest to make Samoa proud with future tournaments.
    LOOKING TO BOUNCE BACK  Disappointed Neval Stowers and Eneliko Tui swallow their disappointment with the promise to learn from their mistakes in a quest to make Samoa proud with future tournaments.

It was not part of the plan for Samoan beach volleyball duo Eneliko Tui and Neval Stowers to lose in the quarter finals, unfortunatey they did.

The loss to Tahiti in a two straight sets (25-23, 21-18) was a disappointing defeat but the men it has made them more determined to make a comeback stronger in other regional events later on this year.

The duo had been expected to medal at this year’s Games after capturing Gold during a regional tournament in Australia earlier this year.

Speaking to Newsline Samoa about their plans for the future, Stowers admitted to making crucial mistakes during their match against Tahiti.

"I guess our expectation exceeded our performance. It was a very tough game, and from the start, we couldn't handle the pressure as expected. We did our best but it was not enough as we had so many weak moments that could have been corrected."

He added “we were close to winning the first set but I guess our defence was poorly managed and serves were off, losing some points.

“It was a major blow that really affected our performance. But it is what it is and there could have been more to it than the final scores in first set.

"We laid out our plan, hoping that things could have gone better, but after the first set, we knew that if we didn't think faster, things would have remained the same which did unfortunately.”

Tui also spoke about the loss as a unexpected turn of events which could have been better.

"We went in there and did our best. We planned to win a medal for Samoa and we knew that there was a possibility we could face Tahiti again and it happened. I guess we bowed out in the first and second set and as disappointed as everyone else, the situation could have been improved in the second set."

"It was not our plan to lose our third game on home soil, but unfortunately it happened for us."

"We apologize to our country and our supporters because we lost hope for our medal this time around."

The bright side the pair are taking from their disappointment is that they will take their experience with them to Fiji for the upcoming Olympics Qualifier tournament in December.

"We are positive despite our loss. We want to be absolutely prepared to compete for the Olympics and we want our country's blessing as we go into training for this event in December." said Tui.

The duo admitted that in preparation for December, reviewing mistakes and missed chances from the Pacific Games is part of their plan to improve.