Negrense Patty Jane Orendain has come a long way from her days as a key player of the University of St. La Salle women's volleyball team as she established herself as one of the top women spikers in the country.
From snatching best player awards during the Philippine Super Liga, Orendain is now in Singapore seeing action in the 29 th South East Asian (SEA) Beach Volleyball Championship.
The 3-day competition kicked off yesterday at the Palawan Beach Sentosa in Sentosa with the tandem of Orendain and Ilongga spiker Fiola Ceballos going up against Vietnam's Thi Hoa Mai and Thi Cam Thi Tran in Day 1.
Although they bowed to their Vietnamese rivals yesterday, Orendain and Ceballos are expected to bounce back in their next matches against host Singapore and Timor Leste.Also competing in the tournament representing the Philippines are Bernadeth Pons and Cherry Ann Rondina.
Joining the list of opening day winners are Eliza Chong and Gladys Lee of Singapore, and Thailand's Rumpaipruet Nunwong and Khanittha Hongpak, who beat Pons and Rondina.
“We have been training every day for the past two months, especially since we have just competed in the recent FIVB Beach Volleyball Daegu World Tour in July,” says Thailand's national coach Kamoltip Kulna.
“Singapore is a very good beach volleyball venue, because of its central locality in South East Asia. The conditions in Singapore are quite similar to Thailand, but we will still need to be careful not to make any mistakes,” the Thai coach added.
“Our Singapore teams have gotten favourable draws during the pool play, so we're feeling good and very hopeful about getting into the quarter-finals,” says Dean Martin, Head Coach of Singapore's Beach Volleyball team.
“The players have trained hard for this in the last three months and are eager to do Singapore proud in this competition,” he said.*NAB
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