DUMAGUETE CITY – Alexa Polidario and Erjane Magdato of UNO-R combined power and court smarts to stun Samaa Miyagawa of Japan and Tin Lai of Hong Kong, 21-15, 21-18, and annex the women’s championship in the Beach Volleyball Republic On Tour Tuesday at the Rizal Boulevard sand court here.
In what could be the most well-attended leg in the three-year old beach volleyball circuit, Polidario and Magdato neutralized the visitors’ power game to prevail, delighting the huge crowd that braved the light showers at the venue.
It was Polidario and Magdato’s first BVR title since ruling the Santa Fe, Bantayan Island leg last March.
“We were blessed po kasi first time na nakakalaban kami ng international players. Nagpapasalamat kami kasi ginawa ng partner ko ang lahat, especially sa communication,” said Polidario, who with Magdato were able to find ways to win after losing to Miyagawa and Lai, 15-21, 18-21, in pool play Monday.
Reunited for the ninth leg of the tour, former UAAP champions KR Guzman and Krung Arbasto copped the men’s gold medal following a 21-18, 21-14 decision over Mitabashi Masato and Takashi Tsuchiya of Japan.
“Masaya po. Thank you po sa lahat ng nanood,” said Polidario, who reconnected again with Magdato, who played her first tournament in the sand court in six months.
With the success of the Dumaguete leg, Soriano, one of the BVR founders, assured the crowd that the beach volley circuit will return in the famed university town next year.