Velezes, Bandolis share PPS-Malaybalay honors


Patricia Velez redeemed herself from a pair of failed title bids with a two-division sweep while younger brother John David matched her feat in the boys’ side of the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Bukidnon regional age-group tennis tournament at the DPWH and Malaybalay Tennis Club on Monday.

Patricia used her power and experience to score a shutout victory over Novi Melendez, 6-0, 6-0, in the girls’ 18-and-under finals and dropped just a game in her 6-0, 6-1 romp over Ivy Poliquit to bag the 16-U diadem in the Group 5 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop with Slazenger as presentor.

“The event has been a big boost to local tennis, generating so much interest from the youth the whole of Malaybalay and nearby towns and we hope Palawan Pawnshop will make this a regular stop in its future circuits,” said Rep. Florencio Flores Jr.

John David, one of Davao’s rising stars, stunned top seed Steven Sonsona, 7-5, 6-4, to snare the 16-U crown then dominated Vince Dandasan, 6-1, 6-1, to annex the 14-U plum in the four-day event sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association headed by president and Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez and backed by Asiatraders Corp., exclusively distributor of Slazenger, the official ball.

round in our continuing commitment to help search for young talents, especially in the countryside,” said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro.

Poliquit, from Maramag, atoned for her setback in the 16-U finals by bagging the 14-U crown with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Aira Mansaladez while siblings Kristine and Kurt Bandolis from Tubod, Lanao took the 12-U and 10-unisex titles with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Angela Buyante and a 4-1, 4-0 triumph over Reynan Saldivar Jr., respectively.

“The PPS-PEPP circuit will continue putting up series of tournaments all year Top seed Renest Sonsona, also from Tubod, frustrated brother Steven, 6-4, 6-4, to claim the 18-U crown while Christopher Sonsona capture the 12-U plum with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over giant-killer Kyle Robeniol, who earlier shocked No. 1 Kurt Bandolis, 4-2, 2-4, 10-7.

Meanwhile, Cavite will host the next leg on July 8-11 with another banner field expected to clash for top honors in various divisions at the Imus Tennis Club. Listup is ongoing.


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