PHL beats India in AVC tilt

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Monday, April 14, 2014


CEBU’s Jade Becaldo and Edward Ybañez thrashed Tumpera Naresh and Mudunuri Chalapathi Rama Krishnam Raju of India, 21-16 and 21-19 to stay in contention in the 15th Samila-Chang AVC Tour-Samile Open in Songkhla, Thailand.

The Philippine team, which is seeded No. 25 , made up for their loss in the morning to No. 4 Ageda Yuya and Hasegawa Yoshiumi of Japan ,21-15 ,21-15. The Cebuanos hope they can be among the top two teams in their bracket to advance in the quarterfinals.

“Beating teams nga pila na ka years na nagdula ug ing ani ka taas na level of competition is hard compared to us na karun pa kadula og AVC-sanctioned tournaments,” said Becaldo.

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The tournament will end on April 16 and is participated by 34 teams from Asia. The teams are divided into eight pools and the top two teams in each bracket will advance to the quarterfinals.

Becaldo, who is from the University of the Visayas (UV) and is the reigning Nestea Beach Volleyball national champion, said that India’s players stood at 6’7” and 6’5.”

“The players from India were both very tall. What we did, we just play it smart kay kung mo focus lang mi sa sige og attack, maglisud mi og kill kay mostly mobalik jud ang bola. At least karun kay nagkanindot na amu tandem ni Edward, “ said Becaldo.

Ybanez is from the University of the Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF). They first played together in 2010 and won the Prisaa national title.

Becaldo added that they are already well adjusted with the deepness of the sand court as well as the weather.

“It is very windy but very hot here. We have also adjusted to the sand court and we are no longer at a disadvantage with the playing area unlike in the first tournament,” said Becaldo.

Philippines will next face Iran, which beat Japan.

“Iran is a strong and experienced team. They finished in the top four in the last tournament,” said Becaldo.

Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) beach volleyball consultant Eric LeCain said, “Their chances are slim but their chances were also slim against India. They just have to stick to the game plan and try not to lose their heads. Iran is big but nothing is impossible in this game,” said LeCain.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 15, 2014.

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