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Bang Pineda and Jonah Sabete marked their volleyball return with a win after steering Sta Lucia B past Kennedy Solar Energy-PetroGazz in Day 1 of the 2021 Philippine Superliga (PSL) Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup in Subic Bay on Friday, February 26.
Playing for the first time in 11 months after the coronavirus pandemic forced local volleyball leagues to shut down their seasons, Pineda and Sabete made quick work of Ariane Alarcon and Christina Canares as Sta Lucia B breezed through a 21-10, 21-9 victory.
“At this point, more than winning the game, we are very happy to play again in a tournament,” Pineda said.
“Missing the game for so long made me more inspired and I’m sure all players are motivated to win in this very competitive tournament.”
Sta Lucia A also came out victorious behind the duo of DM Demontano and Jackie Estoquia after cruising to a 21-18, 21-13 win over Jonah San Pedro and Javen Sabas of Toby’s Sports.
Other sweeps followed as Abanse Negrense A and Abanse Negrense B pulled off dominant wins.
Alexa Polidario and Erjan Magdato of Abanse Negrense A crushed F2 Logistics’ Jennymar Senares and Kyla Gallego, 21-15, 21-12, while Jennifer Cosas and Gelimae Villanueva of Abanse Negros B crushed Ella Viray and Theresa Ramas of United Auctioneers, 21-13, 21-12.
“Finally, after almost a year, we were able to play again. We’re really excited and inspired as we continue to compete in the PSL,” said Sabete. – Rappler.com