Philippine SuperLiga Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup 2016

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New Beach Volleyball Champs RC Cola Army’s Bautista and Gonzaga

“We know that we’re in control. We have the experience over them,” said Gonzaga, arguably the country’s best beach volleyball player as she has yet to lose a major beach volleyball tournament since 2009.

“We were never rattled. They were trying to make a rally so we will solve it by ourselves. We didn’t fight, we didn’t argue, we just stayed focus and enjoyed the game.”

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After breezing through the group stages, including a convincing 21-12, 21-14 victory over Petron Sprint 4T in the quarterfinals, Gonzaga and Bautista are heavily tipped to coast all the way to the crown for displaying a deadly brew of talent, skills and experience.

The former national team member Gonzaga is considered as the country’s best beach volleyball player after winning the title in all her major tournaments.

But the semifinals will not be a walk in the park as she will be stacked against an equally dangerous foe in former UAAP beach volley queen Pineda and Maizo-Pontillas – her partner when she donned the national colors in the 2011 Southeast Asian Games in Palembang, Indonesia.

Galang, Rosario and Raterta – Top Three Picks at PSL Draft

“I’m home,” said Galang, who will be re-united with former coach Ramil de Jesus. “This is the perfect time to join the draft. I took the opportunity because this is once-in-a lifetime.”

“It’s really overwhelming to be taken as top pick.”

CJ Rosario, younger sister of Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) player Troy and the projected top overall pick, landed on Petron as second pick after Generika also yielded its choice.

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C Cola-Army, owner of top overall pick, admitted that picking between Galang and Rosario is a “very beautiful problem” since both spikers are capable of becoming a vital piece in their bid to win their fourth PSL crown.

“Both of them are very good. They are the rising stars in this league,” said RC Cola-Army coach Kungfu Reyes. “But we haven’t sat down to discuss our draft choice. This is a very crucial decision. We have to do a lot of research and studying before coming up with a choice.”

PSL president Ramon Suzara said this year’s draft will go down as the dramatic and unpredictable selection process due to the implementation of a three-day trading period that could change the complexion and order of the draft.

“We don’t know who will end up with whom,” said Suzara, an executive council member of the FIVB who also holds an important position with the AVC.