Cebu City opens beach volley defense

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Monday, May 19, 2014


THE reigning men’s beach volleyball champion team of Cebu City will have a tougher competition this year in the 2014 Philippine National Games (PNG) in Metro Manila.

Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) beach volleyball consultant Eric LeCain said this year’s number of participants in the men’s division has almost doubled.

“It’s going to be a tougher competition with the presence of several teams from Mindanao like Tawi-Tawi, Zamboanga and several teams from Manila,” said LeCain.

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This year, Cebu City will be represented by two men’s teams. However, former PHL beach volleyball player Jonrey Sasing, who won two titles with Edward Ybañez, won’t be able to play this year due to his job.

Jade Becaldo, a member of the two-time men’s National Nestea Beach Volleyball, will replace Sasing.

The second team is composed of Edmar Bonono and Rommel Pepito.

More than 20 teams has signed up to play in the men’s division, while 13 teams joined the women’s division.

Meanwhile, veterans Julius Sermona, Arnel Ferrera and Felyn Dolloso proved their worth as they topped their respective events in athletics yesterday at the Philsports Complex in Pasig City.

Sermona of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) clocked in at 14:48.22 to rule the men’s 5,000-m run, while PAF teammate Ferrera ruled the men’s discus throw with 40.39 meters.

Dolloso of De La Salle-Dasmarinas dominated the women’s triple jump with a leap of 12.08 meters.

Also making waves in athletics despite the sweltering heat was Jessa Mangsat of Baguio City, who reigned in the women’s 5,000-m run in 18:34.71. She beat former national team mainstay Flordeliza Donos of PAF to second with 20:08.27, while Michelle Gilhuana got the third spot in 21:19.79.

Among the promising young athletes, who shone brightly was 2014 Palarong Pambansa sensation Brian Pacheco, who is now representing Far Eastern University. The 17-year-old Pacheco grabbed the gold in the juniors javelin throw in 62.91 meters.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 20, 2014.

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