Generika-Ayala A crushed F2 Logistics, 21-7, 21-14, to settle for third place in the Philippine Superliga (PSL) Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup yesterday at the Sands By the Bay in Mall of Asia.
The explosive duo of Patty Orendain and Fiola Ceballos were at their best as they hammered the pair of Michelle Morente and Fritz Gallenero early on to finish their campaign in this prestigious summer spectacle bankrolled by PLDT, Sunsilk, Isuzu, Senoh, Mikasa, Maynilad, Petron, SM Malls, Generika Drugstore and UCPB Gen on a sizzling note.
Orendain, who competed in the finals for the past two years, was elated over their finish, saying that they will work hard and try again in the next edition of this tourney that also has Aksyon TV and ESPN5 as official broadcasters.
“We’re happy with the win. Although we didn’t make it to the finals, third place isn’t bad at all,” said Orendain.
Her partner, Ceballos, stressed that they marched into the bronze medal match without any pressure.
“We just enjoyed the game. No pressure,” she said. “It was our last game so we gave our all.”
Meanwhile, Foton duo Lemuel Arbasto and Kris Roy Guzman stunned erstwhile undefeated Sands by the Bay pair Bryan Bagunas and James Natividad, 21-15, 21-15, to bag the title in the men’s division.
It was a sweet revenge for the nephew and uncle duo from University of Santo Tomas, which lost to Bagunas and Natividad of National University in the UAAP Season 80 men’s beach volleyball tournament.
“It’s a big deal for me and KR after they defeated us in the UAAP,” said Arbasto. “When we heard that they will be competing, we were motivated to meet them again in the finals and, this time, to win against them.”
“In our first meeting (during the preliminary round), they defeated us in straight sets, that’s why my uncle, KR, told me that we should adjust and target their weakness, which was long balls and smart hits at the back,” added Arbasto.
Also emerging victorious in men’s play were Smart’s Philip Bagalay and Gregory Utupo, who defeated Cignal’s Jessie Lopez and Mike Abria, 21-16, 22-20, to bag the bronze medal.