PNG loses to Tahiti in men’s volleyball

PNG has suffered its first defeat in this Pacific Games in the men’s volleyball.

The bronze medal holders lost to silver medallist Tahiti 3-0 in a close encounter this evening at the BSP Arena.

The Tahitians were too strong and surprised the sell-out crowd as they put on a great show.

The arena was filled to capacity with fans supporting the home team but they were  disappointed after Tahiti stomped over PNG in the first set 25-22.

The crowd kept chanting and cheering the home team on as the pressure was applied in the second set.

But Tahiti proved their worth for the gold medal campaign to maintain their lead, winning the second set again in a close encounter 23-22.

PNG made simple mistakes like unsuccessful service and blocks that gave away easy points to the Tahitians who won the third set 23-19.

In other results today, American Samoa defeated Nauru 3-0 and New Caledonia beat Tuvalu 3-0.