SUBIC. — Alexa Polidario and Erjane Magdato of Abanse Negrense A ruled the 2021 Gatorade-Philippine Superliga Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup at the Subic Sands Court here on Sunday, beating DM Demontano and Jackie Estoquia.
Polidario scored the clutch hits in the winner-take-all finals as the Negrense squad scored a 21-15, 21-17 victory in the event held in cooperation with the Inter-Agency Task Force Region 3 and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority.
“We really wanted the championship that’s why we went here,” Polidario said.
“”We’re happy and we feel blessed for winning the title even if we were just first-timers in the PSL. I hope we made the whole Negros proud.”
Despite having no serious training due to the pandemic, Polidario and Magdato swept the pool play before sending Javen Savas and Jonah San Pedro of Toby’s Sports packing in the quarterfinals.
They clashed with the seasoned pair of Bang Pineda and Jonah Sabete of Sta. Lucia B in the semifinals, but were hardly threatened as they pulled off a 21-18, 21-12 win to punch a ticket to the finals.
“This win is such a huge blessing for us, especially for our province. This is a testament that the Negrenses are talented in volleyball as well,” Magdato said.
Abanse Negrense team manager Carmela Gamboa was elated over the victory, saying their players showed they could stand their ground against seasoned foes from Manila.