Tippy the King

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Sunday, June 22, 2014


LOUJEI “Tippy” Tipgos stamped his class, scoring his second straight King of the Beach crown after yesterday’s third leg of the Cebu City Sports Commission-organized beach volleyball tournament at the Fort Sand Court in the Plaza Independencia Playgrounds.

Tipgos actually started sloppily after he and partner Nino Gairanod bowed to Rommel Pepito and Jade Becaldo, 16-21.

However, Tipgos bounced back and when he was paired with Becaldo, the duo, who have been playing together for quite some time now, found their rhythm and defeated the Pepito and Gairanod tandem, 21-13. And with Pepito as his partner, they outclassed Becaldo and Gairanod, 21-8.

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“It was an exciting tournament we had today. I am glad that I was able to win the title again,” said Tipgos.

Tipgos scored a total of 58 points in a three-game final round using the king of the beach format.

Pepito came in second with 55 points, while Becaldo was at third with 50.

Meanwhile, the Cebu City beach volleyball team, which has Becaldo and Tipgos in its roster, is currently trained by Raphael Lloren, an assistant coach of the men’s indoor volleyball team of the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus.

According to Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) beach volleyball consultant Eric LeCain, Lloren is in Cebu to help the team.

“Lloren is my new coaching assistant; he is a Cebuano from Canada. He is a smart guy and has a lot of inputs for the training program. He has been helping a lot and he may stay in Cebu for a while,” said LeCain.

Lloren, on the other hand, said he came to Cebu for a vacation last April and didn’t expect to be helping out in the team Cebu City beach volleyball program.

“This is a good opportunity and experience to be able to help the team with their training,” said Lloren.

Lloren a graduate of Physical Education major in Athletes’ Development and Coaching from Queen University, said he sees a lot of potential in the local players.

“I have observed that they have the passion and love for the sport. All they need is to have their fundamentals cleaned up. I can see that Becaldo and Tipgos are good but in terms of technical execution but they still have a long way to go before they are perfect. We will get there soon,” said Lloren.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 23, 2014.

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