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Wednesday, June 27, 2012
PHILIPPINE Sports Commission (PSC) consultant Eric Lecain is planning to bring Cebu’s men and women’s beach volleyball squad to the United States in the middle of next year to join several prestigious tournaments such as the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volley Series.
This was after he saw the impressive performances of the Cebuano teams in the last four months, with Jonrey Sasing and Edward Ybañez winning the men’s title in the Philippine National Games.
The other men’s team is composed of Mike Abria and Jade Becaldo, while the women’s team has Jusabelle Brillo and Erika Verrano.
Lecain is currently in the United States to help coach Aleksandra Wolak and Dana Flume in the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volley Series. The Cuervo Series is a multi-stop event across the United States that will showcase elite pro beach volleyball talents who will play in world-class stadiums with a prize purse of $100,000 split evenly for the men’s and women’s champions.
Aside from that, he also wants the Cebuano teams to compete in the Great American Volleyball tournament as well as in the East End Volleyball.
“This is not the first time that I will be bringing teams from the Philippines. In 2009, I brought Michelle Carolina and Joanna Carpio. I really want to do it again and will be aiming for a bigger success,” Lecain said.
He added that this is a great way to play a lot of tournaments in a short amount of time against many professional teams.
“The Cebu teams are the best, I think it is good to put them in games with players that are much better than them and let them adapt,” Lecain said.
Lecain has high hopes that the Cebuano teams will soon become the future members of the national team so that all these future international exposures of the teams will be used up against teams in the Southeast Asian Games in 2013.
“I think they could win a medal if the officials will stand behind them. I really believe in this team. If given the chance, I think everyone else will believe too,” Lecain said.
Lecain believes that the beach volleyball teams’ stint in the 2011 Sea Games was a disaster.
“The combinations of players was just plain wrong in my opinion. I knew who they would be playing and they sent the wrong combinations. We had the right teams picked but they were not used,” Lecain said.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 28, 2012.