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Foreign teams, organizers impressed with Filipino crowds, hosting of FIVB World Tour Manila Open

The Philippines proved to the world that it can host a magnitude of an event such as the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open.  Beach Volleyball Republic co-founder Charo Soriano was delighted that as first-time hosts, the country was able to hold a successful international beach volleyball tournament.  "I'm very much humbled and very happy. It's was very fulfilling to see the number of people watching and the amount of support that we are getting for beach volleyball -- not only for the Philippine team but even for other athletes as well," said Soriano.  Playing in front of a big appreciative crowd that packed Sands SM By The Bay, Japan’s Ayumi Kusano and Takemi Nishibori won their first World Tour women's gold medal following a quick 21-14, 21-18 conquest of Spain’s Maria Belen Carro and Paula Soria in the final. Germany’s Max-Jonas Karpa and Milan Sievers also snatched their first-ever FIVB World Tour men's gold, beating Russia's Petr Bakhnar and Taras Myskiv in come-from-behind fashion, 15-21, 23-21, 15-9. Filipino fans were treated to and spoiled with world-class beach volleyball action in the four-day, one-star tournament.     "Hopefully this is the start. This can be the catalyst for what we really want, which is beach volleyball to be here in the Philippines. And it’s a sport for the masses talaga. A sport that people can enjoy and that everybody can learn to love as well," Soriano said. Among the four Filipina pairs that competed, Sisi Rondina and Dzi Gervacio advanced the most, making it to the quarterfinals. Meanwhile, reigning BVR national champions Karen Quilario and Lot Catubag secured a round-of-12 spot and were just a point away from advancing to the top eight. Both feats, Soriano considered to be a breakthrough for the sport in the country.  The Filipinas defied tremendous odds - especially with Rondina and Gervacio beating much taller and experienced pairs from the United States and Canada, and Quilario and Catubag, who pushed reigning Asian U19 champions Thailand to three extended sets before losing in a valiant effort.  "It's a very momentous event, this one," said Soriano, who herself competed along with Bea Tan. "First, because a lot of the Philippine teams really didn't have programs prior to this event. We have BVR, we have regional tours, we have national championships. But in terms of having a proper national training pool program, it's still non-existent. But despite that, we were able to garner wins in the first-ever FIVB tournament that we are entering as national team.   "Napakasaya po kasi we are very proud of the rest of the Philippine delegation. Even though our men's teams didn't really win, you can really see that they were competent. They were competitive."  The FIVB World Tour is a good gauge for those vying for slots in future beach volleyball tournaments like next year's Southeast Asian Games that the Philippines is hosting.  Soriano thanked Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc. acting president Peter Cayco and secretary-general Ricky Palou for their support and overseeing the event. The event is supported by Dataland, Dataland Residentials, The Olive Place, Rebisco, Creamline, Globe, Maynilad, Gatorade, Tryp and Hotel 101. "We just need the proper support and of course, continous programs in time for SEA Games next year. That's really the goal and that's why we wanted to push for an international tournament as well in preparation for next year's SEA Games," said Soriano.  With the way the Manila Open has turned out, another one-star tournament in the coming years is not far fetched. "For sure, it won't be the last," said Soriano. "Being the first-time hosts and speaking as an organizer, we had setbacks as well, we had problems, but nothing that teamwork cannot fix.".....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnMay 7th, 2018

Two Filipino pairs advance to FIVB women’s Round of 12

A couple of Philippine teams advanced to the Round of 12 of the women's division in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open after the second round of competition Friday at SM Sands by the Bay. The team of Lourdilyn Catubag and Karen Quilario, the reigning champion of Beach Volleyball Republic, advanced to the next round after a seesaw group stage. READ:Despite early exit, FIVB Manila Open a learning experience for Soriano, Tan Catubag and Quilario edged Hong Kong team of Ting Chi Yuen and Wai Yan Au Yuneg, 21-13, 18-21, 15-11, in Pool C to secure three points after a 1-1 win-loss record. The duo lost their opening match against the Netherlands' Katja Stam and Jul...Keep on reading: Two Filipino pairs advance to FIVB women’s Round of 12.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 4th, 2018

Rondina, Gervacio banner Pinays in FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour

The Philippines will be pinning its hopes on four women's pairs including that of high-flying University of Sto. Tomas standout Sisi Rondina and Dzi Gervacio in the main draw of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open set to open later this week at the Sands SM By The Bay.  Leading the charge for the host team is Rondina, a three-time UAAP beach volleyball champion and a member of the national squad that saw action in the 29th Southeast Asian Beach Volleyball Championships in Singapore with Bernadeth Pons. Other Filipinas competing are sand court veterans Charo Soriano and Bea Tan, two-time BVR national champions Karen Quilario and Lot Catubag, and wildcard entries DM Demontaño and Jackie Estoquia. A slew of talented international players vying for tournament points are arriving Thursday.        Paraguay's Michelle Amarilla, who with Gabriela Filippo battled with the legendary United States pair of April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings in the first knock-out round of the 2015 Beach Volleyball World Championships, will banner the 16-pair women's cast.       The highest rated team in the field, Amarilla will have Erika Bobadilla as her partner in the competition which the Philippines is making its hosting debut. The Paraguayans hope to bounce back in Manila after the duo failed to make it to the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Malaysia Open semifinals in Langkawi last Sunday.      Ayumi Kusano, who played for Japan that won the Spike for Peace beach volleyball crown in 2015 at the Philsports Arena with Akiko Hasegawa, will return for another run at glory, this time with her partner Takemi Nishibori.      The young Netherlands pair of Katja Stam and Julia Wouters, who lost to Russia’s Ksenia Dabizha and Daria Mastikova in the women’s gold medal match of the Malaysia Open last Sunday, will also be worth-watching in the $10,000, one-star tournament.      Another player to watch out in the Manila Open is Lindsey Fuller, the 2014 US NVL Most Improved Player who will be paired with Kaley Melville for United States.      In the men's division, Austria’s Simon Fruhbauer and Jorg Wutzl, who earned their first FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour gold medal at the Malaysia Open last Sunday at the expense Russia’s Petr Bakhnar and Taras Myskiv, will be the tandem to watch out.      The Austrian pair has been playing together since 2016.      Silver medalists Bakhnar and Myskiv will also be here in Manila along with Germany's Paul Becker and Eric Stadie, who lost to Thailand's I. Nuttanon and P. Sedtawat in the bronze medal match in Langkawi Open last weekend.      The highest-rated team in the men's division is Sweden's Martin Apprelgen and Simon Boman, who placed ninth in Langkawi.         Among those early arrivals is Israel, which split its four tune-up sets with Filipinos James Pecaña and KR Guzman, and Ranran Abdilla and Edwin Tolentino Monday night.  Israel is among the 16 teams vying for four men's slots in the main draw.             BVR national champions Jade Becaldo and Calvin Sarte and Kevin Juban and Raphy Abanto complete the men's cast.      The competition will commence with the men's division qualifiers on Thursday and before moving into the main draw for women and men on Friday. The round of 12 and the quarterfinals are scheduled on Saturday with the semifinals and finals on Sunday. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 1st, 2018

PH hosting of FIVB World Tour a momentous event for beach volleyball

MANILA, Philippines – Beach Volleyball Republic (BVR) co-founder Charo Soriano was left in elation as the Philippines wrapped up its historic hosting of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open. "I'm very much humbled and very happy. It's was very fulfilling to see the number of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 7th, 2018

PH teams fall after brave stand

It was a brave stand for a pair of Philippine teams in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open Saturday at SM Sands by the Bay. Cherry Rondina and Dzi Gervacio came through with a gutsy ru.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsMay 6th, 2018

Japan, Germany emerge victorious in inaugural FIVB Manila Open

Despite coming from countries which experience the cold confines of winter, Japan and Germany sizzled and came out as the Queens and Kings of the sand court at the conclusion of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open at the SM Sands by the Bay. The Japanese tandem of Nishibori Takemi and Kosano Ayumi defeated Spain's Paula Soria Gutierrez and María Belén Carro Márquez de Acuña despite the scorching bayside afternoon heat in straight sets, 21-14, 21-18. With the victory, the gold medallists have gone undefeated in the tournament, 6-0, while the silver medalists ended the tournament with a 5-1 slate.  Meanwhile, their countrymates were not as lucky in the bronze medal match, as the top-seeded Paraguay tandem of Erika Bobadilla and Michelle Amarilla managed to eke out a 21-17, 21-16 victory over Tanaka Shinako and Sakurako Fujii in the preceding match. Takemi and Nishibori advanced to the Finals after beating Tanaka and Fujii, 21-13, 21-16, in the semis while Bobadilla and Amarilla won over Soria Gutierrez and Carro Márquez de Acuña, 21-16, 21-15. #FIVBManilaOpen Women's Division Podium Finishers: 1st: Japan 🇯🇵 2nd: España 🇪🇸 3rd: Paraguay 🇵🇾@abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/PLxetGh9aN — Philip Matel (@philipptionary) May 6, 2018 In the men's division, the Germans defeated the Russians as they came back and won a grueling three-set affair,15-21, 23-21, 15-9, to be crowned the kings of the Manila sand court. Max-Jonas Karpa and Milan Sievers took advantage of the visibly tired Russian duo of Petr Bakhnar and Taras Myskiv, finding open holes in the defense and winning jousts to take home the gold an a $1000 cash prize.  Meanwhile, Switzerland's Michiel Zandbergen and Gabriel Kissling won third after stifling Spanish brothers Javier and Alejandro Huerta Pastor in a thrilling match, 22-20, 19-21, 15-13. It was a see-saw third set which saw both teams exchanging leads. However, it seems the final change of the sides of the court did wonders for the Swiss nationals as Zandbergen emphatically rejected two straight attacks to clinch the third spot.  Bakhnar and Myskiv went to the finals by defeating the Huerta Pastor brothers, 21-18, 17-21, 21-18, while Karpa and Sievers won over Zandbergen and Kissling in the semis, 21-17, 21-16. #FIVBManilaOpen Men's Division Podium Finishers: 1st: Germany 🇩🇪 2nd: Russia 🇷🇺 3rd: Switzerland 🇨🇭@abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/hwwXsj5w75 — Philip Matel (@philipptionary) May 6, 2018  The four-day tournament, which featured teams from 23 different countries, featured eight teams, four each for the men's and women's bracket from the Philippines. #FIVBManilaOpen winners celebrate at the podium with champagne @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/VdVEvPU3Ew — Philip Matel (@philipptionary) May 6, 2018 UAAP beach volleyball veteran Sisi Rondina and Beach Volleyball Republic founder Dzi Gervacio, used their wit and skill up to the quarterfinals, where they bowed to Japan's Shinako Tanaka and Fujii Sakurako, which went to three sets and went in the favor of the Japanese, 13-21, 21-17, 11-15, Saturday afternoon. READ MORE: Kaya nating sumabay, kaya nating manalo -- Rondina “Sana ito na talaga ang reason why the Philippines should have a good, long term and continuous program for beach volleyball,” said Gervacio to ABS-CBN Sports' Mark Escarlote after their loss against Japan. “Kita naman natin na with just two weeks of practice, never ko ‘tong naging partner si Sisi and never ko itong naging teammate kahit saan but we’ve managed to play until the quarterfinals.” The former Ateneo Lady Eagle also hopes that this will be a springboard for the development of the popularity of the sport in the country. "Sana ito na ang heads up to everyone na, ‘Tara let’s start a beach volleyball program.’ We’ve won against USA and Canada and I think that’s a good turnout for someone who’s very young and a young team in beach volleyball." With the win in the one-star tournament, the participants recieved a $1000 prize for first, $700 for second, and $500 for third, coupled with their corresponding FIVB ranking points.       -- Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 6th, 2018

Soriano, Tan show way for beach volley in PH

For the past three years, Charo Soriano and Bea Tan have been the ambassadors of beach volleyball in the Philippines promoting the sport with Beach Volleyball Republic through tours and tournaments in the coastal towns outside of Metro Manila. So when the duo spearheaded the Philippines' hosting of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open, they can't help but get a feeling that such a large-scale event could potentially lead to a massive promotion for the sport. Soriano, one of the founders of BVR, said the influx of beach volleyball athletes to the Philippines could lead to the further interest to the sport just like when the likes of Leila Barros came to the Philippin...Keep on reading: Soriano, Tan show way for beach volley in PH.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 6th, 2018

FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open starts

INTERNATIONAL beach volleyball action descends on the country starting today with the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open kicking off at The Sands SM By The Bay. Sixty-plus teams from different parts of the world for the women’s and men’s categories are expected to take part in the competition that will last until May […] The post FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open starts appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2018

Soriano sees beach volley world tour hosting as start of something bigger

  It was in June of 2015 when Charo Soriano and her friends looked at the sands as not just an alternative for indoor volleyball, and in less than three years, they have helped thrust Philippine beach volleyball into the world stage. The Philippines is set to host the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open---a one star FIVB beach volleyball event---which would put the spotlight on the country's sand courts and volleyball talent. It was Beach Volleyball Republic, which is now the country's premier beach volleyball league, that helped the sport take its act to the higher level. But Soriano doesn't see this as the crowning achievement but instead just the beginnin...Keep on reading: Soriano sees beach volley world tour hosting as start of something bigger.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 26th, 2018

‘Start of something great, Charo Soriano says of PH’s beach volley world hosting

MANILA, Philippines – Beach volleyball advocate Charo Soriano believes that the 2018 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open, a first in Philippine history, "would be a start of something great" for the sport.  The 2018 World Tour, which has 48 legs all over the globe, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 26th, 2018

Beach Volley World Tour Manila Open set

THE Philippines faces a tough field laden with foreign bets in next month's FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open at the Sands SM By The Bay. Paraguay's Michelle Sharon Valiente Amarilla, who with Gabriela Filippo went up against the legendary United States pair of April Ross and Kerri Walsh….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2018

Call for auditions for Disney’s “The Lion King” on June 23

            "The Philippines is rich with wonderfully talented performers," declared American producer Michael Cassel as to why auditions for the world's No. 1 musical, Disney's "The Lion King," will be conducted in Manila on June 23.   "We are excited to welcome to the cast young Filipino actors who will join performers from South Africa and around the world in bringing this show to audiences around Asia and beyond," said Cassel, who heads the international tour, which is preparing to open its season in Singapore.   After Singapore, the tour will enjoy engagements in South Korea and Taiwan, with other engagements to b...Keep on reading: Call for auditions for Disney’s “The Lion King” on June 23.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 19th, 2018

FIVB Tour ‘a success’

THE Philippines’ debut in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour was a smashing success. Beach Volleyball Republic co-founder Charo Soriano was delighted that as first-time hosts, the country was able to pull it off, showing the world that it can hold major international event like the Manila Open. “I’m very….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 7th, 2018

Japan slams Spain, rules Beach Volleyball World Tour

MANILA, Philippines – Japan's Ayumi Kusano and Takemi Nishibori put up a dominant performance over Spain's Paula Soria and Maria Belen Carro, 21-14, 21-18, to claim the gold medal in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open on Sunday, May 6, at the Sands SM By The Bay.   ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 7th, 2018

Japan duo bags FIVB beach volley diadem

Japan’s Takemi Nishibori and Ayumi Kusano stamped their class on Spain’s Paula Soria and Maria Belen Carro, 21-14, 21-18, to capture the women’s title in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open at SM Sands by the Bay yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 6th, 2018

Japanese duo clinches gold

JAPAN’s Ayumi Kusano and Takemi Nishibori put up a dominant performance over Spain’s Paula Soria and Maria Belen Carro, 21-14, 21-18, to claim the gold medal in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open yesterday at the Sands SM By The Bay. After the Spaniards saved three match points,….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 6th, 2018

Japan wins gold in FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour

Japan's Ayumi Kusano and Takemi Nishibori scored a two-set sweep over Spain's Paulo Gutirrez and Maria Beln, 21-14, 21-18, to take the gold medal in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open Sunday at SM Sands by the Bay. The Japanese pair managed to get to the 21-15 match point but the Spaniards put up three straight points to keep their faith alive. Nishibori, however, has had enough and delivered the knockout blow off Kusano's perfect pass. "We're so happy, this is perfect," said Kusano who, with Nishibori, went on a perfect 6-0 run in the one-star event. Paraguay's Erika Bobadilla and Michelle Amarilla won the bronze medal after brushing off Japan's Shinako Tan...Keep on reading: Japan wins gold in FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 6th, 2018

Pinay bets bow to top-ranked Japanese

Filipina aces Sisi Rondina and Dzi Gervacio pushed top seeded Japanese Tanaka Shinako and Fujii Sakurako to the limit in the quarterfinals before conceding a 13-21,21-17, 11-15 setback and bowing out of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open yesterday at SM Sands by the Bay......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 5th, 2018

Japan sends Rondina-Gervacio pair packing in Beach Volley World Tour

  MANILA, Philippines – A Japanese pair spoiled the Final Four bid of the last Philippine team left standing. Filipino bets Sisi Rondina and Dzi Gervacio bowed to the Japanese duo of Shinako Tanaka and Fujii Sakurako, 21-13, 17-21, 15-11, in the quarterfinal round of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 5th, 2018

Rondina exits FIVB with lessons from new partner Gervacio

Whenever Cherry Rondina played in the sand courts outside of the UAAP, she always had her buddy Bernadeth Pons as her trusted partner. That partnership of Rondina and Pons has resulted in success, with the two winning the2017 Philippine SuperLiga Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup with Petron and representing the Philippines in the 29th Southeast Asian Beach Volleyball Championships in Singapore. Yet in the biggest sand tournament of Rondina's young career, she didn't have her trusty partner with her but she still got a solid ally in the more experienced Dzi Gervacio for the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open. Although they started practicing just two weeks before the ...Keep on reading: Rondina exits FIVB with lessons from new partner Gervacio.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 5th, 2018

Rondina-Gervacio duo pulls PHI into the quarterfinals

Filipina sand heroes Sisi Rondina and Dzi Gervacio engineered a historic first as the duo advanced in the quarterfinals after hurdling a taller and more experienced Canadian duo in an impressive 21-17, 21-17, Round of 12 win in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open at the Sands SM By The Bay Saturday morning. The Pinay tandem outdueled Megan Nagy and Caleigh Cruickshank in the second match of the day following the sorry loss of another PHI pair of Lot Catubag and Karen Quilario in three sets against the young Thai pair of Singchuea Thatsarida and Chanthawichai Pawarun, 36-34, 23-25, 15-17. “From the beginning, ganun talaga yung mindset namin. Syempre ayaw din namin mapahiya yung bandera natin, syempre bigay-todo kami. Hindi man sya kailangan, pero sa sarili namin kinakailangan para syempre worth it naman yung pagpunta nila at paggising nila nang maaga,” said Rondina, three-time UAAP beach volleyball champion and member of the national team that participated in the 29th Southeast Asian Games beach volleyball tournament in Singapore. “Syempre sa sarili din namin magiging worth it din yung mga pagod namin.” Rondina and Gervacio, who finished the pool play with a 1-1 win-loss record, will take on seeded Japanese pair of Shinako Tanaka and Sakurako Fuji in the quarterfinals later at 3:30 in the afternoon.    The duo got off to a great start as they built an early 9-3 lead with great ball placements and heady shots that kept the Canadians scrambling on defense. The Canadian tied the frame at 14 before the PHI fired a 6-2 blast with the visiting pair committing crucial errors including a long hit by Cruickshank that put the Filipinas at set point, 20-16. Canada saved a set point but Nagy threw away the frame with a service error. The Canadians held an 11-10 advantage in the second frame before the Filipinas created a sizeable 18-14 lead. Canada cut their deficit to three, 19-16, before Gervacio scored to put the Filipinas at match point. Nagy saved a match point but Cruickshank surrendered the duel with a long service. “Ako hindi ko inexpect na malalayo yung mararating namin, na aabot kami ng Day 2. Kasi ako personally I haven’t played internationally and I know for a fact na matatangkad yung mga kalaban namin,” said Gervacio. Two-time BVR national champions Quilario and Catubag, both policewomen based in Davao, gave their Thai opponents, who were members of Thailand’s junior national team, a match to remember before bowing down. The duo got the crowd on their feet in an incredible display of endurance and will in the opening set. Quilario pushed the PHI at match point, 23-22, after saving three set points but the Thais took the next three points to force a deciding set.     Catubag delivered a huge kill in the tight third set that gave the PHI another chance to wrap the match, 14-13. The Thais tied it at 14 before Pawarun committed a service error that knotted the score at 15. The Thai duo moved at match point as Catubag went down with a cramping right leg that forced the PHI to call a medical timeout. Catubag returned to action but the exhausted Filipinas were slow to recover as the Thais capitalized to steal the win.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 5th, 2018