PHL crashes out in Asian beach volley

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Saturday, April 12, 2014


CEBU’s Jade Becaldo and Edward Ybañez failed to advance to the quarterfinals after losing to Vietnam, Thailand and China in the 5th Khanom-Chang AVC Beach Tour-Khanom Open in Thailand.

Only the top two teams from the eight pools will advance to the next round.

Becaldo and Ybañez, who are representing the Philippines, managed to win one match against Hong Kong but lost their final three matches for a 1-3 record.

“Joining an AVC tour tournament is a dream come true for me and Ybañez. Playing here is really tough because this is a very high level kind of competition. When we won against Hong Kong in our first AVC match, it was very memorable,” said Becaldo.

The Philippines first lost to Vietnam, 26-24, 21-15, and then to China 21-11, 21-16 and to Thailand, 22-20, 21-16.

“With this experience, we realized that we still need to train harder. There are still a lot of things that we need to learn and improve. But during the matches, we had a close fight, makaingon ko we have a big chance if we continue to have this kind of exposure,” said Becaldo.

Becaldo and Ybanez may have failed to secure the top two spots in their bracket but it hasn’t dampened their spirits and they are hoping for a better showing in the second leg.

The next leg will be on April 14-16 in the 15th Samila-Chang AVC Tour-Samile Open in Songkhla still in Thailand.

Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) beach volleyball consultant Eric LeCain , who is with the team, said that the team will still be facing the same set of players.

LeCain added that joining this kind of tournament is the start of the team’s mission to earn points to qualify for the 2014 Asian Games this September.

The top 16 teams in Asia will qualify for the Asian Games and team Philippines is hoping they will earn enough points to join the quadrennial meet.
“We will do our best in the second leg and hope to have a good finish and earn more points for the Asian Games,” said Becaldo.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 12, 2014.

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