Brazilians Bruna Figueiredo and Mimi Amaral copped the inaugural Beach Volleyball Republic (BVR) Invitational crown after defeating Americans Jennifer Snyder and Chara Harris, 21-14,18-21,15-9, in the finals on Saturday at the Anguib Beach in Sta. Ana Cagayan.
Figueiredo and Amaral pocketed the $6,000 to purse while Harris and Snyder took home the $4,500 consolation purse.
“It’s great that we came back to the Philippines and won a championship this time,” said Amaral, who had competed in the Philippines in 2015, placing fourth in the Spike for Peace tournament.
”The experience here has been amazing and I’m just glad we became champions. It makes it even sweeter for us,” Figueiredo added.
The Brazilian pair concluded the three-day event with a perfect winning streak.
Snyder and Harris clinched a berth in the finals after beating fellow Americans Alexa Micek and Leah Hinkey 21-10, 21-14 during a do-or-die match.
Micek and Hinkey finished third for $3,500 while New Zealand bets Julia Tilley and Alicia Bain wound up fourth for $2,000.
Local pairs Jennifer Cosas and Dij Rodriguez, and Bea Tan and Charo Sporiano finished in fifth spot together with Yupa Phokongploy and Rachel Herman of Thailand, and Kong Cheuk Yee and To Wing Tung of Hong Kong in the tournament sanctioned by the Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas Inc. (LVPI).
BVR wad formed by a group of players composed of Tan, Soriano, Gretchen Ho, Fille Cainglet-Cayetano, and Angeline Gervacio. It aims to promote the sport throughout the country, much like the prevalent popularity of indoor volleyball.
JEAN RUSSEL V. DAVID