Saraum, Rica reclaim USPF title in Cesafi beach volley

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012


AFTER a year, University of Southern Philippines Foundation’s (USPF) Apple Saraum and Rochelle Rica got back on their feet and dethroned Southwestern University (SWU) in a shocking deciding game,19-21, 21-17 and 15-13, to reclaim the title in the 12th season Cebu Athletics Schools Foundation Incorporated (Cesafi) beach volley tournament at the SWU sand courts.

SWU was leading in the deciding set with 5-9 until Saraum stopped SWU from rallying and took charge of the remaining set after firing off two service aces and two cross-court attacks to secure a 9-9 deadlock and later on took the lead, 10-9, after Danika Gendrauli’s easy return went beyond the line.

It was followed by several deadlocks until Rica made an impressive kill to seal the 15-13 win.

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Twenty-year-old Saraum took advantage of what she had learned from her international exposure such as the First Asian Student Beach Volley Championship in China last year with her former partner Erika Verano to help her team win the game.

“Gamit kayo akong na-learn from my international exposure, especially in dealing with crucial games like this as well as dealing with the unpredictable weather. Kaganina nikalit og hangin while I was on serve,” said Saraum who also credits her partner Rica for displaying astounding down-the-line attacks.

This will be the last year for Saraum to play college beach volley and she was happy that she was able to etch a mark in the history of Cesafi beach volley. USPF was the 2009 and 2010 Cesafi beach volley champions before SWU won it last year.

Errors

SWU athletics director Ryan Aznar saw several errors by Gendrauli and Raphril Aguilar, which they will make sure will be corrected before they compete in the University Games in Bacolod City next week.

The two were paired for the first time in beach volley. It was the tandem of Princess Pido and Gendrauli that took the title last year.

“They have been practicing as partner for just less than a month; we hope they can get well acquainted with each other and for Aguilar gaining confidence,” Aznar said.

For the battle for third, University of Cebu’s (UC) Stephanie Morales, Joelyn Suquib and Junalyn Labra easily won against University of San Carlos’s (USC) Chona Gesulga and KC Capinpin via default.

Tournament manager Grace Antigua said that because the game, which was supposedly last Monday, was postponed, they were not very strict in implementing the rule in forfeiting a team.

“Supposedly, they will be playing the first game at 8 a.m., but USC thought it was 10 a.m. So, we decided to proceed with the championship game between SWU and USPF for USC to have the time to catch up. The final game was over, it was almost 11 a.m., and we only had one USC player that showed up,” Antigua said.

Shocked

Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) beach volley consultant Eric Lecain was shocked to learn about USC not showing up despite the ample time the organizers gave the team.

“This kind of attitude should be changed. There are tournaments in the United States that impose fines for teams not showing up for their scheduled games,” Lecain said.

USC head coach Norvie Labuga apologized for what happened and didn’t make any further comment.

Antigua said that, as of the moment, they don’t have any rules in beach volley about teams not showing up for their scheduled games. It will be one of the concerns they will be tackling for future tournaments.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 17, 2012.

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