Perlas’ Tan and Rodriguez capture BVR crown

SANTA FE, Bantayan Island, Cebu – Perlas’ Bea Tan and Dij Rodriguez bested NU-Boysen’s Roma Joy and Roma Mae Doromal, 21-18, 21-16, to rule the Beach Volleyball Republic On Tour Santa Fe Open yesterday here.

It was Tan and Rodriguez’s second consecutive championship, winning all five matches in the beach volleyball circuit’s third visit to Cebu province.

Tan and Rodriguez were pushed to the limit however in the semifinals, rallying from a set down to beat Air Force 1’s May Ann Pantino and Jozza Cabalza, 14-21, 21-18, 15-12, while the Doromal sisters topped Bacolod’s Bianca Lizares and Margie Señas, 24-22, 21-19, in the other pairing.

Pantino and Cabalza settled for third place after prevailing over Lizares and Señas, 21-15, 21-13.

Sharing the spotlight were Air Force-AboitizLand’s Ranran Abdilla and Jessie Lopez, who rebounded from an opening set defeat and rallied from a 4-8 hole in the deciding set to nip University of St. La Salle-Bacolod’s Harold Parcia and Neil Depedro, 11-21, 21-16, 15-13, and emerge as men’s champions for a third consecutive time.

The triumph was a fitting send-off for Abdilla and Lopez, who also ruled the December Open in Manila late last year and the Puerto Galera leg two weeks ago, as the Air Force standouts will now fully concentrate to the national indoor volleyball team for this year’s Southeast Asian Games.

Parcia and Depedro scored a 21-18, 15-21, 15-9 win over NU Boysen 1’s James Buytrago and Pol Salvador to arrange a Finals duel with Abdilla and Lopez, who overcame an energy-zapping opening set to dispose Visayas 1’s Jade Becaldo and Kevin Juban, 35-33, 21-17.

Buytrago and Salvador completed their first-ever podium finish after besting Becaldo and Juban, 21-18, 21-19.

In the quarterfinals, Tan and Rodriguez bested PetroGazz’s Jonah Sabete and Melanie Torres, 21-17, 21-17, the Doromal rallied from a set down to beat Air Force 2’s Angel Antipuesto and Mikaela Andres, 18-21, 21-16, 15-13,

Pantino and Cabalza dominated Cebu’s The-rese Ramas and Krizia Talacero, 21-9, 21-8, while Lizares and Señas outlasted LNMB-Tanjay’s Natsu Kilamura and Katrina Epa, 23-25, 21-12, 15-9.