By Kristel Satumbaga
The Philippine men’s beach volleyball teams opened their medal campaigns on a bright note with easy victories against Timor Leste on Friday in the 30th Southeast Asian Asian Games at the Subic sand courts.
PH 1 pair James Buytrago and Jaron Requinton flexed their muscles en route to a 21-13, 21-16 triumph over Robson Xavier and Christian Jean before the PH 2 tandem of Jude Garcia and Edgar Bonono clobbered Silvano Auduauo and Denyanos Belo 21-7, 21-16.
Up next for the Filipino spikers will be Malaysia on Sunday in this eight-team field vying for a spot in the semifinals.
Meanwhile, the women’s pairs of Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons, and Dzi Gervacio and Dij Rodriguez will play against Indonesian counterparts at 5:30 p.m.
Rondina and Pons battle Putu Utami and Dhita Juliana while Gervacio and Rodriguez clash with Allysah Mutakharah and Desi Ratnasari.
Each victory in the women’s division is crucial in this knockout game among six teams.
The Philippines shoot for nothing less than a medal and a spot in the Asian Volleyball Confederation Continental Cup set next year.
The last time the country won a medal was in the 2005 edition where Fil-Ams Diane Ilustre and Heidi Pascua settled for bronze.
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