‘Keep dreaming’

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014


TAKE it easy.

That’s the advice of Japanese pro beach volleyball players Sayaka Mizoe and Takemi Nishibori to local players who dream of competing in the FIVB world tour.

“Just take one step at a time, join the Asian tours then eventually lead them in joining the World tours. Don’t give up on that dream, just stay focused,” said Mizoe.

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The 5’10” Mizoe, who is 23, started playing volleyball at 10 years old and even at that young age, she set her heart on becoming one of Japan’s best players.

“It was after eight years that I have decided to play beach volleyball and then just five years ago, I got into the world tour,” said Mizoe.

Mizoe added she was impressed with the local men’s beach volleyball players whom they played in a tune-up game.

“They play pretty smart. We didn’t get a chance to play against the local women’s players because we prefer playing against the men’s,” said Mizoe.

Mizoe said the local players have the potential and they hope they will take advantage of that talent and develop it and put Cebu in the beach volleyball international map.

Nishibori, on the other hand, said they had a great time training in Cebu. They will return to Japan on Feb. 27.

Nishibori said they are ready for the 2014 season of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, which will kick off with the Fuzhou Open in China in April.

The duo hopes they will be able to improve their 47 ranking this year.

Meanwhile, Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) beach volleyball consultant Eric LeCain said it was a good opportunity to have one of the pro teams train here in Cebu.

“They let the others join in. They even let one of our street kids assist. It’s great letting Cebu players see just how important training versus just playing can be. Cebu City Sports Commission (CCSC) chairman Edward Hayco even wrote a little piece about them,” said LeCain.

LeCain added that the training was mixed with learning and fun.

“It was a lot of fun. They were very competitive but they were also laughing and smiling a lot. The way beach volleyball should be. Good friends are being made by all,” said LeCain.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 26, 2014.

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