Tan and Ceballos capture first BVR national title

Paul Lintag on May 28, 2016 04:11 PM
Tan and Ceballos capture first BVR national title
Bea Tan and Fiola Ceballos = "Queens of Sands."

The first BVR national championship stayed home.

Fiola Ceballos and Bea Tan took care of the Team Negros tandem of Jennifer Cosas and Floremel Rodriuez in three sets, 21-19, 18-21, 15-7, to capture the Beach Volleyball Republic on tour national title at the MOA sand courts Saturday.

The regular BVR tandem, also winners of the Negros Occidental leg, recovered from a tough second-set loss to breeze through the decider and crown themselves as the "Queen of Sands."

"I think it's our Ilonggo connection, we also actually played with each other in high school in the Palarong Pambansa before so we've known each other for a while," Tan said.

Tan and Ceballos went undefeated in the three-day tournament and also pocketed P100,000 to go along with their new title.

"Yun talaga," Tan said on the plan to have her focus on defense and Fiola to work more on the offensive end.

"She really knows how to do skill-wise tactics, it's not just all about the hard hits but also about the placing ng shots. She can really read the ball well," she added.

The BVR national championship was the culmination of the BVR on tour that started back in January and travelled through seven legs, including Boracay, La Union and Cagayan, before returning to Metro Manila.

After getting the win over BVR power couple Charo Soriano and Alexa Micek after Micek had to medically forfeit, Team Negros put up a big fight as they tried to complete the mother of all BVR upsets.

The no. 2 seed combo of Cosas and Rodriguez narrowly lost the opening set and had to work double time to force a decider before eventually running out of gas.

They settled for second place and P70,000.

Coyah Abanto and Judy Caballejo of Team Air Force took third after Soriano and Micek did not play anymore.

Micek, who suffered a mild concussion, and Soriano bagged fourth.



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