MANILA, Philippines – Jaron Requinton and Rancel Varga remain the kings of the UAAP men’s beach volleyball tournament, beating National University’s James Buitrago and Paul Salvador 28-26, 21-15 on Sunday, after the University of Santo Thomas By the Bay A.
UST overcame a tough first-set challenge from NU and claimed complete sixth-seeded beach volleyball crown for its sixth men’s championship of the tournament.
In the first set 26-all tie, Varga drilled to the point of advance before Requinton denied Salvador’s attack to draw the first blood.
The Tigers Spikers used their momentum for a 7-2 start in the second set and moved away, scoring four points, capped by Requinton’s Tacker for a 16-9 lead, and never looked back to win their first UAAP beach volleyball title in the epidemic. -Age
Varg won his second consecutive MVP in front of his family and friends who flew all the way from Cebu over the weekend.
“This MVP award is just a bonus. Our goal is to win the championship, the three-pit, “said Varg. “I am very happy because my family came to see my game from Cebu. I am glad that they have witnessed all our hardships and sacrifices for so many years. “
Requinton, who recently won a bronze medal at her second consecutive Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam, has been honored for extending her success at UAAP after taking to the field at the end of the elimination to boost UST’s title-holding bid.
“It was really challenging for me because I was a defender for the national team. So when I entered the UST bubble, I adjusted my role as a blocker, focusing on my blocks for a week, ”Requinton said.
Varg praised Requinton for his smooth transformation.
“I am very proud of him because he has taken on and accepted his role from defender to blocker.”
Requinton, who was listed as the third player, returned the credit to Ephraim Dimakulangan and helped Varg win four of their first five matches, returning from a first-day defeat to NU.
Meanwhile, Noel Campton of La Salle won the Rookie of the Year award and led his team to a bronze medal – the best finish in the tournament.
Campton and Vince Maglina also defeated Louis Gamban and Dan Nicholas of the University of the Philippines 21-17, 21-17.
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