PH beach volleyball teams win 2 gold medals in Brisbane
Jovelyn Gonzaga and Dij Rodriguez dominate in their first international beach volleyball duo as the Ranran Abdilla-Jaron Requinton tandem also reign
MANILA, Philippines — The preparation of the Philippines’ beach volleyball teams for the Southeast Asian Games has started with a bang after collecting two gold, one silver and two bronze medals at the Australian Beach Volleyball Championships in Beach 2022 which ended on Sunday March 27 at Coolangatta Beach in Brisbane, Australia.
Sandcourt ace Jovelyn Gonzaga’s first partnership with Dij Rodriguez proved fruitful after they defeated local bets Alice Zeimann and Anna Donlan 18-21, 21-19, 15-13 in the Challenger Division Final I feminine.
Gonzaga and Rodriguez went unbeaten in five matches in the three-day tournament which is the premier national beach volleyball event on the Australian volleyball calendar.
Ranran Abdilla and Jaron Requinton also won the gold medal by a 22-20, 21-17 decision over Issa Batrane and Frederick Bialokoz in the Men’s Challenger I Division.
Abdilla and Requinton also posted a perfect 5-0 record in the tournament which is part of the beach volleyball teams’ preparation for the 31st SEA Vietnam Games in May, hosted by the Philippine National Volleyball Federation and supported by the Philippine Sports Commission, Rebisco, PLDT, Taguig. City and the Philippine Olympic Committee.
Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons clinched silver after brilliantly holding off Nikki Laird and Phoebe Bell, 18-21, 12-21, in the Women’s Elite Group Final.
Nene Bautista and Gen Eslapor, who loved Gonzaga and Rodriguez being paired for the first time, cruised to a 21-13, 21-19 win over Saskia De Haan and Lisa-marie Moegle to clinch bronze in the Women’s Challenger Division I.
Pemie Bagalay and James Buytrago also picked up a bronze medal in the Men’s Challenger I Division with a 21-17, 21-12 win over Thomas Heptinstall and Jed Walker.
The sixth Filipino pair, Jude Garcia and Krung Arbasto, reached the quarter-finals of the Men’s Division I Challenger.
The beach volleyball teams are undergoing a month-long training program in Brisbane for their campaign at the Vietnam SEA Games from May 12-23. The Philippines picked up two bronze medals in beach volleyball at the Philippines SEA Games 2019. – Rappler.com