The winners of the first Negros Island Beach Volleyball Tour held in San Carlos City were awarded right after the championship games at San Julio Realty Grounds on July 31.
Out of the 22 matches for the earlier elimination, the top 4 teams made it to the final championship rounds.
In the men’s category, Asian Volleyballista’s Rancel Varga and Dominique Gabito, who were undefeated in four matches during the tournament emerged as champion while the National University (NU) Boysen 1’s James Buytrago and Pol Salvador settled in 2nd place after Buytrago suffered serious cramps and was unable to play in the title match.
Negros Occidental Beach Volley Club’s (NOVBC) Philip Sugaton and Peter Sugaton settled for 3rd place when they failed to catch up against Varga and Gabito in 21-7, 21-11 score lines.
Meanwhile, in the women’s category, the exciting duel between Uswag Ilonggo 1’s MJ Ebro and Honey Grace Cordero and Madekind Naturals’ Erjane Magdato and Jennifer Cosas in the third set was cut short due to darkness and both teams emerged as co-champions with scores tied at 8-8.
The winners received P30,000 which they will split equally. Both teams will wait for another installment of the Negros Island Beach Volleyball Tour to determine who will reign as the ultimate champion while Uswag Ilonggo 2’s Gelimae Villanueva and Kyla Gallego completed the podium finishers by securing third place.
Champion teams received P20,000 each while the first and second runners-up received P10,000 and P5,000 pesos respectively.
Other participating teams include those from San Carlos City, Talisay City, Himamaylan City, Municipality of Pontevedra, Higad-Visayas, Gapusan Gille, Biogenic 1&2, University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R), Colegio De Sta Ana De Victorias (CSA-V), Grass to Bone, M-Studio Magallanes and Powered Recovery.
Bea Tan, founder of the Beach Volleyball Republic (BVR) and organizer of Negros Island Beach Volleyball (NIBV) Tour – San Carlos, said that organizing the event will help look for potential players and boost the sport of beach volleyball.
Tan added one of the reasons why they chose the city as their venue was because of its strategic location, which is near the key cities of Cebu, Bacolod, and Dumaguete.
San Carlos City Mayor Renato Gustilo said he looks forward for the city to host more sporting events like this since it has been known as a sports haven especially in football. Three are plans to have the beach volleyball event again during the city fiesta in November this year.
Councilor Philip Gerard Maisog and local sports advocate Gerardo Valmayor III led the awarding ceremony.
The sporting event was shown online via Facebook live through the BVR Facebook page.*