SEA Games: Filipinos make history with first-ever medal in men's beach volleyball

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 06, 2019 05:39 PM
Filipinos make history with first medal in men's beach vball
The Philippines can now boast of a medal in men's beach volleyball

SUBIC - The Philippines not only salvaged a podium finish in 2019 Southeast Asian Games men's beach volleyball, it also seized the day in its golden opportunity to rewrite its history.

The core four of Jaron Requinton, Jude Garcia, James Buytrago, and Edmar Bonono willed their way right through Singapore, 2-1, and all the way to a historic bronze medal, Friday at the converted Tennis Court here.

Requinton and Garcia delivered the goods in the "golden match," besting Kingsley Tai and Trevis Tan in straight sets, 25-23 and 21-13.

Of course, they wouldn't have been able to do just that if not for the efforts of Bonono and Garcia who won Round 2 for the Filipinos also in straight sets, 21-14 and 21-14.

With their backs against the wall, Bonono and Garcia had all the answers for Tan and Nicholas Kiu.

In the first round between the two teams, it was Singapore who came out on top with Tai and Mark Shen besting Buytrago and Requinton in three, 20-22, 22-20, and 15-7.

In the end, however, the Philippines found a way with the help of its loud and proud home crowd to claim its first-ever medal in the sport in the regional meet.

At the same time, the win sealed the deal on a double bronze for the host country in beach volleyball.

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