Philippine beach volley tandems reach quarter finals at the 1st Asian University Beach Volleyball

Philippines is being represented by two beach volleyball teams coming from Ateneo de Manila University (Alysa Valdez – Bea Tan) and University of Southern Philippines Foundation (Erika Camille Verano – Apple Eve Saraum) in the July 15-20, 2011 1st Asian University Beach Volleyball in Laizhou, China.

They finished 3rd in their respective groups during the eliminations round and advanced to the quarter finals stage. This tournament is being organized by the Asia University Sports Federation and is being participated by Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Oman, Philippines, Sri-Lanka, Thailand, Chinese Taipei and U.A.E. A total of 34 beach volleyball student-athletes joined.

The Ateneo tandem of Alyssa Valdez and Bea Tan (Philippines-1) had a very successful stint with a 2-2 record in Group B eliminations. They fought valiantly and was able to reach the quarter finals to face China-2. The duo defeated Nepal (22-20, 21-11) and Mongolia-2 (22-20, 21-14), and lost to Thailand (13-21, 7-21) and China-1 (12-21, 9-21).

Likewise, Philippines-2 composed of Erika Camille Verano and Apple Eve Saraum also advanced to the quarter finals with a 2-2 record in Group A. They defeated Mongolia-1 (21-17, 20-22, 15-8) and China-2 (21-18, 21-17), and lost to China-3 (15-21, 17-21) and Hong Kong (21-18, 17-21, 10-15). They will be facing Mongolia-2 in the quarter finals.

College Beach Volleyball in the Philippines looking good

Just last June, it seemed our hopes of making it back and getting noticed at least in the Asian indoor women’s volleyball arena diminished a bit as the RP Women’s Volleyball Team, led by Rachel Daquis and Aiza Maizo, finished last and win-less during the 12th Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championships. They did their best though and should be commended despite the loss.

On the other hand, college beach volleyball is looking good and very promising! These student-athletes have already given pride and glory to Philippine Volleyball by placing 3rd in their respective groups during the elimination round of the Asian University Beach Volley tournament despite falling short as they lost their quarter final matches. Great job, keep it up!

Pinoy volleyball players are excellent athletes and we do have a wealth of players out there, waiting to be tapped, who can make it big some day. At the moment, it seems we are excelling in beach volleyball more than indoor volleyball. And this is proven and brought about by the fact that more and more beach volleyball events are being staged nationwide (have you noticed this?). Beach volleyball is finally getting recognized in the local scene and we hope more developments spring up in the future.

In beach volleyball, individual talent has a lot more bearing since you only have 2 players inside the sand court. Chemistry between the 2 players is needed as well of course. Indoor volleyball on the other hand, requires more emphasis on team work and the goal is to have all the 6 players (including the libero/s) to work as one team, rather than rely on the strength of the individual players on the team. Just a thought…

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