Cebu beach volleyball gets Ceva’s backing-A A +A
Sunday, April 27, 2014
THIS year’s Cebu Schools Athletics Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) beach volleyball season will have a boys and girls secondary tournament for the first time.
Cebu Volleyball Association (Ceva) official Nona Catipay said their group is including the secondary division as they see a huge growth in the sport in Cebu.
“It’s high time to introduce the sport in the secondary division to intensify our search for the next set of top beach volleyball players in the country,” said Catipay.
Catipay said that for years, players from Cebu regularly finished among the top three teams in major tournaments like the National Nestea Volleyball Tournament.
“And just recently, two of our top two beach volleyball players—Jade Becaldo and Edward Ybañez--just came back from an AVC tour that is considered as the highest beach volleyball tournament in Asia. It was their first experience but they managed to win.
It’s a manifestation that we do have a future in the international arena if we give all our full support to this,” said Catipay.
Becaldo and Ybañez, who represented the Philippines, won two matches in two different legs. Their first win was against Hong Kong in the 5th Khanom-Chang AVC Beach Tour-Khanom Open in Nakhon si Thammarat and their second was against India in the 15th Samila-Chang AVC Tour-Samile Open in Songkhla.
Meanwhile, Ceva also backed the staging of the Gatorade Toledo Beach Volleyball League last weekend in Barangay Ibo, Toledo City.
The tournament was won by Jusabelle Brillo and Apple Saraum of the University of the Visayas (UV) and Edmar Bonono and Edward Ybañez of the University of Southern Philippines Foundation.
“The event was very successful with the support of Mayor Sonny Osmeña. He was very pleased about the turnout and is planning to host more beach volleyball events,” said Catipay.
Catipay said that their next tournament will feature the secondary players, to help prepare them for the (Cesafi) season.
Ceva also used to support the Gov. Gwen Garcia Unity Volleyball Cup, a province-wide tournament that ran from 2004 to 2012.
“For now, Ceva will focus on beach volleyball simply because the Cebuanos are the best. It has been proven and tested. The thrust now of Ceva is to go to the grassroots level,” said Catipay.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 28, 2014.