BVR: Seven Pinoy duos take on international foes in Cagayan

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 08, 2018 06:20 PM
BVR: Seven Pinoy duos take on international foes in Cagayan
In their final training Friday, Tuguegarao's Charo Soriano and Bea Tan pose with other international players competing in the Beach Volleyball Republic International Santa Ana Open.

SANTA ANA, Cagayan – Both local and international players are bracing for windy conditions as Beach Volleyball Republic International Santa Ana Open begins this Saturday.

Tuguegarao's Charo Soriano and Bea Tan have their work cut out for them as the longtime partners try to find ways to play through unpredictable winds if conditions continue to stay this way at the start of the pool play starting at 7 a.m.  

But this doesn't matter for Soriano, who is looking forward to play in front of her hometown, and against opponents from other nations.

"It’s always nice coming back here in Cagayan, in my province," Soriano said. "I look forward to playing with the some of the best beach volleyball players in the Philippines and also foreign participants from Singapore and Hongkong."

The same goes for Czech Republic men's squad, which also had difficulty with the wind that altered their playing patterns in the other sand court.

Aside from Soriano and Tan, the Philippines will be represented by reigning BVR women's champions Lot Catubag and Karen Quilario of Davao, and Iloilo's DM Demontaño and Jackie Estoquia, vying for the $3,500 top prize.

The three pairs are coming off a stint in last month's FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open which the country hosted for the first time.

They will face competition from Singapore's Kelly Sim Son Shwu Yuen and Huang Zihui, and Tin Lai Ng and Tan Shiang Theng, as well as Hong Kong's Chen Mei Kit and Yip Wai Yan.

Other Filipinas competing are Far Eastern University's MJ Ebro and Ivana Agudo, and Cebu's Therese Ramas and Dij Gutierrez.

There will be two Singapore pairs and a Hong Kong duo will vie for the crown in the eight-team women's field, while squads from Singapore, Malaysia and South Africa will slug it out for the 10-team men's competition.
The top two teams from each bracket in the women's and men's division will advance to tomorrow's semifinals. 

The gold medal and bronze medal matches will be played in the afternoon.

In the men's division, BVR titleholders Jade Becaldo and Calvin Sarte of Ato ni Bai will spearhead the hosts' campaign along with Kevin Juban and Raphy Abanto of University of Visayas, and Bryan Bagunas and James Natividad of UAAP men's champion National University.

This is the fourth time that BVR will be in the scenic Santa Ana town in the northernmost part of the country - and the second to host an international beach volleyball event. 

A total of $19,000 prize is at stake in the double gender event.

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