Altas bag NCAA men's beach volleyball crown
Perpetual Help captured its second NCAA men's beach volleyball title.
SUBIC BAY --- The Taneo brothers Relan and Rey, Jr. of Perpetual Help outlasted Lyceum of the Philippine University’s Jhonel Badua and Joeward Presnede, 21-16, 20-22, 17-15, Sunday to crown themselves champions of the 92nd NCAA beach volleyball tournament at the Subic Bay sands in front of the Subic Park Hotel.
The Taneos, who swept the elimination round in nine games to go into the finals with a twice-to-beat advantage, bounced back from a stinging 21-15, 16-21, 13-15 defeat to Badua and Presnede in Game One by showing determintion in the deciding game to give the Altas the crown.
It was the Las Pinas-based school's second championship in the men's side with their first one coming four years ago.
But this one has got to be the sweetest.
"This will be an unforgettable championship for us because we showed composure when we could have folded," said Relan in Filipino.
Perpetual Help also eased the pain of its indoor volleyball setback to eventual winner St. Benilde early this month.
"Our loss there was painful but this win somehow makes up for it and we dedicate this to our teammates and the school," said Rey, Jr.
Badua and Presnede made it to the finals by turning back Emilio Aguinaldo's Joshua Mina and Paolo Cezar Lim, 21-15, 21-15, in the stepladder semis.
It was an emphatic win that the Badua-Presnede duo rode on it to go into the finals with a lot of confidence.
With their backs against the wall, Badua and Presnede rallied from an opening set defeat to take the next two sets, snatch Game One and force a deciding showdown.
It was not to be though as the Taneo brothers came out as the tougher pair by scoring the critical points in the final set.
LPU though will have to console itself by making it to the finals for the very first time and should be back challenging for the crown next season.