Friday, May 4, 2018

FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Takes Center Stage in Manila

Austria vs. Spain at the Men's Division qualifying round of Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Beach Volleyball World Tour at the Sands, SM By the Bay in Pasay City on May 3, 2018.  

The Philippines takes centerstage as first-time FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour hosts unveil the men's division qualifiers at the Sands SM By The Bay starting May 3, and will run until May 6, 2018.

Sisi Rondina, the three-time UAAP champion who played in last year's 29th Southeast Asian Beach Volleyball Championships in Singapore, vows to make the country proud when the 16-team women's draw blasts off Friday, May 4.

"It’s an overwhelming feeling. First, because we’re hosting this world event. Second, because we are playing for the country. Sobrang nakaka-proud," said Rondina, who will be paired with Dzi Gervacio in the one-star tournament organized by the Beach Volleyball Republic.

Rondina and Gervacio are more than ready to face a tough international competition in the four-day event which has a $10,000 cash prize and ranking points for other FIVB beach volley tourneys.

"We’re training very hard. Since the league is the FIVB World Tour, we expect taller and really very strong competition. What we’re focusing on is how we can strengthen our bonds and connect with each other on court. So far, in training, we have developed good communication with one another and have started to jell,” Rondina added.

The three other Filipina pairs competing are Charo Soriano and Bea Tan, two-time Beach Volleyball Republic national champions Karen Quilario and Lot Catubag, and wildcard entries DM Demontaño and Jackie Estoquia.

Free Admission. Spectators brave the heat at the Sands, SM by the Bay in Pasay City.

BVR national champions Jade Becaldo and Calvin Sarte, Kevin Juban and Raphy Abanto, James Pecaña and KR Guzman, and Ranran Abdilla and Edwin Tolentino comprise the Filipino casts in the men's division.

The opening ceremony was graced by International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) technical delegate Liu Chang, Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc. secretary general Ricky Palou, BVR adviser Tony Boy Liao, BVR co-founder Bea Tan and EPlus Philippines Managing Director Kalvin Sangalang.

The round-of-12 and quarterfinals are scheduled on Saturday, with the semifinals and finals on Sunday. 

The event is promoted by E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd and organized by Beach Volleyball Republic Inc.