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American Samoa’s national women’s beach handball team on the move

Team poses for a photo

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 2022 American Samoa National women’s beach handball team completed their 5-day summer training camp about two weeks ago in Erie, Pennsylvania, according to the American Samoa Handball Association (ASHA).

The team is made up of the five original founding members — the Liu sisters Jasmine and Lynette; the Floor twins — Stephanie and Danielle — and Naomi A’asa, along with 2019 Indoor baller June Ames and three rookies from Gannon University Women’s Wrestling team — Kendall Mcgarity, Juliana Cubias and Lana Perez. 

Interested students, coaches and friends joined in the fun and were an essential part of helping to prepare the American Samoa team. 2018 Oceania Women’s Beach Handball MVP Lynette Liu felt that the camp went well and the girls are ready to get back on the court.

The team left Erie and traveled to Los Angeles to compete in the 15th Annual SoCal Beach Handball National Championships at Huntington Beach State Park on Aug. 20 and Aug. 21.

“This is our first tournament in 3 years due to COVID,” said Naomi A’asa. “We’re anxious to get back to our road to the 2028 LA gold.”

The Floor twins are students at Gannon University based in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Samoa News will provide an update later this week on the outcome of the team’s participation in the SoCal Beach Handball National Championships, as soon as information becomes available from ASHA.