Davraa netters bag gold, swimmers win 6 medals

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Thursday, May 8, 2014


THE secondary girls tennis team saved the day for the Davao Region Athletic Association (Davraa) by bagging a gold medal as the region's swimmers collected two silvers and four bronzes in the ongoing 2014 Palarong Pambansa in Sta. Cruz, Laguna as of yesterday presstime.

Davraa recovered from a first set loss to beat Central Visayas, 2-1, in their championship match that ended around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday amid substandard light at the Laguna Sports Complex tennis courts.

Davao City's Jenni Celine Dizon bowed to her first single rival Jana Pages, 0-8, while Rosevel Anne Birondo and Jed Vallie Rayne Aquino of Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte beat their doubles opponents Kaye Alota and Ashley Zamora, 8-6, before Davraa's Shaira Hope Rivera spanked Danna Uy, 8-3, in the second singles decider.

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The 15-year-old Ateneo de Davao University student Dizon, in a phone interview with Sun.Star Davao yesterday, said: "Masaya ako nag champion kami pero nainis ako kasi hindi ako nag expect na may laro sa gabi eh ang ilaw hindi talaga siya yung dapat na gagamitin sa tennis court. Nilagyan lang nila bigla ng ilaw. Silaw masyado. Hindi ko na makita ang bola at ang mukha ng kalaban ko."

Dizon said she's near-sighted and would need her glasses to be able to see clearly when playing at night under very minimal light just like the condition when they played in the finals.

Her mother, Marivic, left Davao yesterday to bring her pair of glasses to Laguna so she can use it whenever she has to play in the evening again. She was set to play in the singles competition as of this writing. The Dabawenya ace said her parents are also considering to get her contact lens.

Dizon added that she's ready to play the individual event after getting her needed sleep.

Davraa defeated Mimaropa, 2-1, in the semi-finals.

Over at the LSC pool, Davraa's Zoe Marie Hilario and Cedrich Joseph Fox fell short of the golds and settled for silvers instead in their respective events at the start of the swimming competition Tuesday.

Hilario timed two minutes and 21.43 seconds to place second in elementary girls 200-meter freestyle as National Capital Region's Imee Joyce Saavedra pocketed the gold with 2:16.72.

Fox, for his part, clocked 4:25.58 to take the secondary boys 400m freestyle silver while teammate Christian Paul Anor salvaged the bronze with a time of 4:28.52. NCR's Maurice Sacho Ilustre went on to win the gold with 4:19.47.

Hilario also copped a bronze in elementary girls 100m backstroke by registering 1:126.31 while Davraa also secured bronzes in elementary boys 200m medley relay (Josiah Paul Lozano, Rassid Calimutan, Aaron Dave Alinsub, John Martin Yarra), and in elementary girls 200m medley relay (Hilario, Bernice Elesterio, Haruka, Jade Shimizu, Korinne Bianca Trinidad).

Meanwhile, Davraa bet Dem Mar Gao annexed the gold in boys 50-meter freestyle, finishing 44.41 seconds followed by Jomar Maalam (48.11) of Zamboanga Peninsula in second. Davraa swimmer Lyzel Cortez wounded up with the bronze in the distaff side of the same event.

Davraa's Resa Anne Bacea and Bea Marie Caoile won the bronze in elementary girls arnis team synchronized anyo double baston.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 08, 2014.

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