BVR on Tour: Tan-Rodriguez, Abdilla-Lopez duos win crowns
The pairs of Bea Tan and Dij Rodriguez and Ranran Abdilla and Jessie Lopez captured the women’s and men’s titles in the BVR on Tour Amazing Puerto Galera Dreamwave Open Sunday.
Representing Team Amazing Puerto Galera, first-time BVR partners Tan and Rodriguez capped their debut with a masterful 21-15, 21-14 win over Team XentroMall’s Derie Rosales and MJ Ebro.
Abdilla and Lopez, also of Team Amazing Puerto Galera, fashioned out a 21-17, 21-14 victory over Team XentroMall’s KR Guzman and Krung Arbasto, for a perfect campaign.
Finishing with a 4-0 record, Tan and Rodriguez overpowered Team Dreamwave’s Roma Joy and Roma Mae Doromal, 21-12, 21-13, earlier in the day.
Tan and Rodriguez sustained their form in the final where they had everything clicking en route to the resounding win.
Tan actually ruled the famed Oriental Mindoro resorts town for the second straight time, having won the Puerto Galera championship with Charo Soriano last year.
Rosales and Ebro, who are members of University of Santo Tomas’ deep beach volleyball pool, topped the Doromal sisters, 21-16, 21-15, to make it to the championship game.
Abdilla and Lopez scored a 21-18, 21-15 victory over Team Dreamwave’s Kevin Juban and Raphy Abanto to arrange a title duel with Guzman and Arbasto.
Playing under brutal noontime heat, Guzman and Arbasto bested Jade Becaldo and Fort Llores, 21-13, 21-18. Becaldo and Llores, who played together for the first time, achieved a podium finish.
Play stopped in the second set of the men’s championship match, as Guzman felt discomfort when the Abdilla-Lopez pair was leading, 15-12. The game eventually resumed, as Guzman tried to put up a valiant fight but to no avail.
The second leg of the beach volleyball circuit will be held at Santa Fe, Bantayan Island in Cebu on March 23-24.