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BVR: NU’s Epa-Orillaneda off to winning start in Negros Occi

NU Boysen’s Kathrina Epa and Kly Orillaneda were impressive by winning two women’s matches in the Negros Island Beach Volleyball Tour Saturday at the Center Mall in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.

After opening their campaign with a sweep of Biogenic Alcohol 1’s Amy Ahomiro/Marge Tejada, 21-16, 21-7, Epa and Orillaneda returned in the afternoon with a 21-14, 21-9 conquest of Pontevedra’s Terri Escanlar and Ashgan Bkheet.

Higad Visayas’ Therese Ramas and Bianca Lizares also won two in a row after defeating Talisay City’s Rizalie Amaro and Mary Melony Amaro, 21-17, 21-19, and Uswag Ilonggo 1’s MJ Ebro and Honey Grace Cordero, 21-16, 21-16.

Not to be outdone was the Uswad Ilonggo 2 pair of Gelimae Villanueva and Kyla Gallego, who also went 2-0 following victories over Gapusan Grille-Bacolod’s Sheryl Laborte and Bea Gapusan, 21-13, 21-16, and San Carlos’ Edrilyn Carbajosa and Ma. Angela Solitario, 21-11, 21-6.

After losing to Ramas and Lizares in the opener, Ebro and Cordero bounced back with consecutive wins over Ahomiro and Tejada, 21-15, 21-18, and UNO-R’s Marixi Maligmat and Johana Puzon, 21-8, 21-15.

San Carlos Mayor Renato Gustillo, who watched the exciting final opening match between Biogenic Alcohol 2’s Che Sindayen and Roma Joy Doromal and Talisay City’s Almaro sisters, said that his city will host another beach volleyball tournament in November in time for the Pintaflores Festival.

Gustillo was impressed with the stellar performances of beach volleyball talents who joined the first-ever Negros Island Beach Volleyball Tour.

In the men’s division, NU Boysen 2’s Jhon Cabatuan and Jeffer Guerrero went unbeaten in two matches after besting CSA Victoria’s Marvin Paulite and John Dorimon, 21-12, 21-18, and Aklan-Powered Recovery by: Spicaholics’ Harold Closeio and Clyde Nalangan, 21-15, 21-16.

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Bouncing back from a 9-21, 12-21 loss to M Studio Magallanes’ Efraem Dimaculangan and Jay Rack de la Noche, Higad Himamaylan’s Clark Fernandez and Louie Pudadera defeated San Carlos’ Roger Ramirez and Noel Pasilan, 21-19, 21-11, and outlasted Biogenic Alcohol’s Miguel Yu and Henry Pecaña, 23-25, 21-15, 15-10, to improve to 2-1.

The semis and finals matches will be livestreamed via the BVR Facebook page on Sunday.

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