University of Santo Tomas 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 Sisi Rondina and Babylove Barbon scored a 21-18, 21-19 win over Perlas’ 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 in the women’s division. University of Perpetual Help System Dalta’s Jayjay Solamillo and Gilbert Balmores also achieved a podium finish, rallying 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 P20,000 cash prize, with the second and third placers received P10,000 and P5,000, respectively courtesy of Maynilad.
A total of 32 teams – 16 in the women’s and men’s division – joined the three-day spikefest where the best collegiate and professional beach volleyball players converged.
Water services provider 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. Maynilad became the beach volleyball circuit’s official hydration partner beginning with the highly-successful FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open last May.
“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,” said BVR founder Charo Soriano.” I would to thank the players who competed. We all know that you trained so hard for this tournament,” said Soriano during the closing ceremony.
The Manila Open is the 32nd leg of traveling beach volleyball tournaments organized by the BVR since it began in 2015.