SWU, UST bets cop beach volley titles in PNG

Joey Villar (The Philippine Star) - May 24, 2014 - 4:55pm

MANILA, Philippines -- Cebu's Southwestern U pair Therese Rae Ramas and Floremel Rodriguez and Santo Tomas' Kris Ray Guzman and Mark Gil Alfafara pulled off contrasting victories to cop the beach volleyball gold medals in the 2014 Philippine National Games Saturday at the makeshift sandcourt at the Rizal Complex.

Ramas and Rodriguez outclassed UST's Cherry Ann Rondina and Rica Jane Rivera, 21-10, 21-12, to top the women's event while Guzman and Alfafara rallied from a first set defeat to turn back a stubborn duo of Aga Tahiluddin and Halim Khan, 21-23, 26-24, 25-8, to reign supreme in the men's side.

It was the second gold won by the Ramas-Rodriguez tandem this year after emerging victorious in the PRISAA Games in Tagum City last February.

"Gusto talaga namin manalo dito dahil natalo team namin sa indoor (We really want to win here because we lost in indoor volleyball)," said the 17-year-old Ramas, an incoming second year Civil Engineering student.

Despite the loss, the Tahiluddin-Khan duo made the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao proud as it took home a silver that shone like gold as it considers beach volley its top past time back home.

"Back home, beach volleyball is the No. 1 sport back home because everyone plays it especially in the afternoon," Al Trekee Dayan, ARMM's regional sports director, told The STAR in Filipino.

"After our 3 p.m. prayer, everyone goes to the beach to play it and will only stop if the water goes above the knee level.

"So making the finals and almost winning the gold in the PNG means a lot not just to the whole of Tawi Tawi but also the ARMM," he added.

In wrestling, mixed martial arts champion Mark Streigl, representing Baguio, topped the 70-kilogram division, besting national team mainstay Jefferson Manatad of Quezon City in the gripping finale.

Streigl was the most celebrated winner in the sport as he is not only the Pacific X-Treme Combat champion who could be fighting in the Ultimate Fighting Championship anytime soon.

In wushu, national team members Justin Chan (3rd set Changquan), Alieson Ken Omengan (3rd set Nanquan), Kariza Kris Chan (freestyle taijiquan),Thornton Quieney Lou Sayan (freestyle Nangun) all won in the taolo events.

Sayan freestyle nanquan/3rd set nanquan to make it a double-gold haul and join in that group John Kiethly Chan, who captured the freestyle changquan and freestyle jianshu.

Over at the Marikina Sports Complex, Davao swept all its matches against Calabarzon, Zamboanga and National Capital Region to clinch the goal ball gold.

In the men's division soft tennis, Joseph Arcilla downed Patric Flojo, 4-0, to set up a semifinals showdown with Giovanni Mamawal, who slammed Jose Pabalete, 4-0, while Mikoff Manduriao and Jhomar Arcilla trounced Jeremiah Macias II, 4-1, and Davis Alano, 4-2, respectively.

Noelle Conchita smashed Sally Mae Siso, 4-0, Virginia Perez edged Princess Catindig, 4-3, Eileen Peralta blanked Hannah Grace Espinosa, 4-0 and Edrilyn Peralta defeated Pia Tamayo to all advance to the women's semis.

AGA TAHILUDDIN AND HALIM KHAN AL TREKEE DAYAN ALIESON KEN OMENGAN AUTONOMOUS REGION OF MUSLIM MINDANAO CHERRY ANN RONDINA AND RICA JANE RIVERA CIVIL ENGINEERING DAVIS ALANO EDRILYN PERALTA EILEEN PERALTA GIOVANNI MAMAWAL GUZMAN AND ALFAFARA
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