SEA Games: Team PHI begins beach volleyball campaign
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 29, 2019 05:57 AM
The Philippine men's and women's beach volleyball teams are ready to begin their quest for a podium finish. (Photo courtesy of Aubrey Lavern Reyes)
Action in the 30th Southeast Asian Games beach volleyball begins Friday with host team Philippines hoping to begin its campaign on a high note.
First to hit the sands at the converted Subic Tennis Court is the Philippine men’s team as they take on Timor Leste starting 9:00 a.m.
The pair of Edmar Bonono and Jude Garcia, the tandem of Jaron Requinton and James Buytrago will banner the PHI’s charge.
Marching in the scheduled women’s curtain-raiser starting at 5:30 p.m. are the Pinay pairs Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons, and Dzi Gervacio and Dij Rodriguez going up against Indonesia.
Under the Games format, teams will play a best-of-three tie per playdate.
The Philippines last won a medal in 2005 courtesy of the Fil-Am pair of Heidi Ilustre and Diane Pascua. Also, the beach volleyball event is back in the SEA Games after a eight-year absence.
The stakes are higher, as the biennial games will also serve as the Southeast Asian Zonal qualifier to the AVC Continental Cup.
After completion of the event on Dec. 6, the gold medalist in each gender will advance to the third phase of the AVC Continental Cup (Finals) in June, while the silver medalist will qualify to the second phase (semi-finals) early next year. The Continental Cup champion then will book a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.