The University of Santo Tomas ruled the Tour Manila Open, the sixth leg of the Beach Volleyball Republic’s BVR On Tour Series for 2018. The university ruled both the men’s and the women’s division, with UST’s Krung Arbasto and newcomer Jeron Requinton fashioning out a 21-19, 21-14 conquest of National University’s Bryan Bagunas and James Natividad in the Finals.
In the women’s division, Growling Tigress players Sisi Rondina and Babylove Barbon scored a 21-18, 21-19 win over Perlas players Dzi Gervacio and Bea Tan in the gold medal match. For the bronze, Smart’s team of Grethcel Soltones and Alyssa Eroa carved out a 21-12, 21-14 victory over Kempal’s Roma Doromal and Chantal Rodriguez.
The University of Perpetual Help System Dalta’s Jayjay Solamillo and Gilbert Balmores also achieved a podium finish. They rallied from a set down to escape with a 12-21, 21-19, 18-16 win over Air Force’s Ranran Abdilla and Jessie Lopez.
The women’s and men’s champions took home 20,000 pesos cash prize while the second and third placers received 10,000 pesos and 5,000 pesos, respectively, courtesy of water services provider Maynilad. A total of 32 teams, 16 in the women’s and 16 in the men’s division, joined the three-day spikefest where the best collegiate and professional beach volleyball players converged.
Maynilad gave the Beach Volleyball Republic and beach volleyball a renewed boost by partnering anew with BVR for its just finished Tour Manila Open tournament at Sands SM By the Bay. The water services provider became the beach volleyball circuit’s official hydration partner beginning with the highly-successful FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open in May 2018.
All players who participated in this leg were hydrated by ice cold Maynilad bottled water. During the closing ceremony, BVR founder Charo Soriano said, “We’ve been blessed to have long-term partner in growing this sport and I’m very happy that Maynilad has been there to support us in our legs this year.”
“I would to thank the players who competed,” Soriano added. “We all know that you trained so hard for this tournament.”
The Manila Open is the 32nd leg of traveling beach volleyball tournaments organized by the BVR since it began in 2015. Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour: