Sunday, September 18, 2011

Beach Volley - September 18 - Championships

September 18, Sunday
UE, Caloocan

Sand, Sweat, and Tears
UST and FEU bring home the Gold.

Eric Lontoc, Maru Banaticla, Judy Ann Caballejo and Pamela Lastimosa 
proudly pose with their Championship Trophy.

Mr. M, Alyssa Valdez, Bea Tan, Fille Cainglet, Mr. Ricky Palou
with their 1st Runner-Up trophy.


A few match photos follow :

- Championship Moment -
Tamaraws Alvin Avila and Rodrigo del Rosario
fall to the sand in exultation and relief as they win
 the Men's Beach Volley Gold.

[The Men's Winner-Take-All Championship Match was held between Game 2  and 3
of the Women's Best-of-Three Championship Series between the Lady Tigresses and Lady Eagles]

- True Sportsmen -
Sport should bring out the best between competitors
ON AND OFF the playing court.
Here, Jayson Ramos and Romnick Rico show real class
by congratulating the new Men's Beach Volley Champion Tamaraws.

Pre-game formalities [Lady Eagles]

Time to take care of business  [Lady Tigresses]

With the Lady Falcons having been dethroned  - -

a Deciding Game 3 would usher in
 a new Champion.

Set 1 was very close, UST won [21-19]. 

At 15-all in the 2nd set, Maru Banaticla had a bad fall and was temporarily impaired.  As per UAAP regulations she was given a grace period of several minutes to decide wether to continue playing or let the Number 3, Pamela Lastimosa, sub her, at which point Maru could never be allowed
to play for the rest of the match. 

Maru, being a Team Player, opted to continue playing.  Despite the pain she had to tolerate came the risk that her performance might be a liabilty and open the door to an Ateneo comeback.


One might have thought it was the beginning of the end
for the Lady Tigresses - -

Maru had to be attended to, constantly.
The question was on everybody's mind - Could UST hold steadfast or would Ateneo win the second set and put even more pressure on Banaticla
on a deciding 3rd set ?

- True Grit -
UST somehow managed, relying on their years of experience, Caballejo and Banaticla prevailed upon Ateneo's younger tandem of Valdez and Tan -
the Lady Eagles were unable to exploit the situation.



The Lady Tigresses simply played better - - -

in the clutch. 

Tan and Valdez could not make the stops, when it mattered the most.

And in a matter of minutes, it was all over.

UST had won the Women's Beach Volley Crown
in two sets in Game 3.

Maru was still hurting, though.

A few minutes later and barely a few meters away, it was Bea

and Alyssa who were feeling a different kind of pain.

Like I always say
. . . Tough, very, very Tough.

And  - - -
As in my last couple of postings I'll cap this one with
 smiling faces  -- but this time -- I'm putting a little tongue.

- Break Time -
After winning Game 2 to force a deciding Game 3 Bea and Alyssa
[who came from UST High], unwind.

- Volleyball Moms -
Of course, Mrs. Valdez, Cainglet, and Tan were there
to cheer for the Blue and White.

- Green Archers -
Coach Chie Saet, Camille Cruz, Michelle Gumabao,
 Abigail Marano, Coach Noel Orcullo


- Lady Falcons -
This isn't the Adamson Beach Volley Team.
They're members of the regular [indoor] volleyball team.
They obviously came to support their Beach Volleyball team.
Posing are Matet Piza, Mayet Zapanta, Erika layug, Cess Listana.

- Blue Eagles -
Coach Parley Tupas, Sherwin Malonzo, Mr. M, Mr. Richard Palou [rear]
Bea Tan, Alyssa Valdez, Fille Cainglet [front]

- Tigresses and Tomasinos -
The New Beach Volley Champs

 Judy Anne Caballejo, Maru Banaticla, Pamela Lastimosa
and some friends ham it up.
Congrats to you all !!


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