• Beach volley tilt fires off Saturday

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    The Beach Volleyball Republic Women’s Open Tournament is set to unfold on Saturday at the SM Sands by the Bay at the Mall of Asia complex in Pasay City.

    “This is more of a closing ceremony for the rest of the beach volleyball [meets]we’ve had over the past year,” said player Charo Soriano who is also one of tournament organizers during the weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association forum in Manila on Tuesday.

    A total of 10 teams coming from different beach volleyball tournaments in the country among them Shakey’s V-League, Philippine Super Liga, National Collegiate Athletic Association and University Athletic Association of the Philippines are competing in the tourney.

    Besides Soriano, the other notable players seeing action in the meet are Denise Lazaro, Bang Pineda, Rupia Inck, Julie Ann Tiangco, Maica Morada, Judy Caballejo, Vina Alinas, April Romero, Cherry Rondina, Bea Tan, Gretchen Ho, Fille Cainglet-Cayetano, Angeline Gervacio and Alexa Micek.

    The Beach Volleyball Republic group is created to promote the sport not just in Metro Manila but in the coastal regions of the country.

    “We find it’s very difficult for us to be able to represent a sport kung wala po tayong actual na pool or program. Alam naman po namin na maraming willing na tumulong, it’s just that someone need to spearhead everything,” said Soriano.

    Soriano said that she would be delighted to play for the national team if given the opportunity.

    “It’s always an honor for anyone to represent her or his country. For me, it’s going to be a humbling experience and honor to represent the Philippines.

    The tournament will run until Sunday will be aired live 2 p.m. by ABS-CBN Sports and Action. JEAN RUSSEL V. DAVID

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