Cebu tops PSC beach volley-A A +A
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
TEAM Cebu City Government (CCT) beat Team Juvel, 21-17, 21-17, to win the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) PSC Women’s Beach Volleyball League at the Fort San Pedro sand court in the Plaza Independencia playgrounds.
CCT was led by Vanessa Salahig, Suzette Panis, Gesulga and Chona Gesulga while Juvel was composed of Mechelle Matuguina, Kimberly Dabatos, April Tamayao, Garnette Cortes, Vanessa Juezan and Juliet Boiser.
PSC beach volley consultant Eric Lecain said the past Sundays saw a huge boost in the beach volleyball program in Cebu.
“Almost two months ago, the PSC started a beach volleyball league in Cebu as part of its Women in Health Program. It was to promote health in women over the ages of 30,” said Lecain.
Lecain was designated to start a league to get the group of women involved in playing beach volleyball.
“In the beginning there were only a few teams signed up but then after an article in Sun. Star Cebu was published, that number grew and grew and grew. At that point, the The Department of Education (Dep Ed) asked if there could also be a women over 30 teachers’ league, then the gay men asked if there could be a league for them, then the advanced men wanted a doubles league. We started at around 30 women and that number grew to over 220,” said Lecain.
Aside from the PSC women beach volleyball league, the other tournaments that culminated last Sunday were the games in the PSC Womens Teachers Division over 30, which DVRMES-A won against Inayawan ES, 21-12, 21-15.
In the Cebu City Advanced Men’s Doubles, Southwestern University (SWU) beat University of the Visayas (UV), 21-12, 29-27 for the title and in the Cebu City Mens Triples dubbed as “Sunshine League” Sparks Fly won after pummeling Guillas, 21-16, 21-19.
Last Sunday’s finals were attended by the president of CEVA Andrew Chachuy, PSC Atty Jay Alano and Cebu Sports Chairman Edward Hayco.
“Hayco pointed that this league is the first of its kind and may very well have been one of the largest beach volleyball events in the Philippines. He also spoke about the future of beach volleyball in Cebu and how the New Cebu teams are making plans to enter the Pro Asia League and to the Olympic qualifier. Also because of the teachers in the teachers league we will put up a 12U tournament and a 15U tournament for the public schools,” said Lecain.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 27, 2013.