Tan-Arbasto rule BVR King and Queen of the Sands Christmas Special

Mark Escarlote on Dec 11, 2016 07:27 PM
Tan-Arbasto rule BVR Christmas Special
FIRE AND ICE: Be Tan and Anthony Arbasto outdueled the pair of Charo Soriano and Ian Yee to claim the Beach Volleyball Republic King and Queen of the Sands Christmas Special crown.

Bea Tan and Anthony Arbasto eked out a hard-earned 21-16, 14-21, 15-10 victory against the gritty pair of Charo Soriano and Ian Yee to rule the Beach Volleyball Republic King and Queen of the Sands Christmas Special Sunday at the Sands SM by the Bay.

Banking on their superb partnership and heady plays, Team Fire and Ice outdueled Soriano and Yee’s Team Hugs to claim the title and walk away with a hefty P20,00 cash prize in the two-day event.

In the battle for third match, former Ateneo de Manila star and BaliPure Puerest Water Defenders mainstay in the V-League Dzi Gervacio and Bryan Bagunas of National University copped the bronze medal after defeating the tandem of Mary Jolyn Ebro and and James Natividad in straight sets, 24-22, 21-17.

The duo pocketed P5,000 cash prize for their third place finish.

Soriano and Yee eliminated Bagunas and Gervacio with a dramatic come-from-behind 18-21, 21-16, 15-9 victory in the semifinals. Tan and Arbasto, who delivered the 79th UAAP men's beach volleyball title for University of Sto. Tomas with uncle KR Guzman, advanced in the championship round by breezing past Ebro and Natividad, 21-18, 21-14.

After a meltdown on the second set, Team Fire and Ice went down to business to open the deciding frame with a 4-1 lead. Team Hugs closed the gap, 10-12, but Soriano was bothered by cramps on the crucial closing stretch. Team Fire and Ice capitalized to seal the conquest.

Soriano and Yee earned P10,000 consolation prize.       

 

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