Sta. Lucia’s Jackie Estoquia and DM Demontaño had a successful comeback in the Beach Volleyball Republic On Tour after winning two matches to advance to the quarterfinals, Tuesday at the Capitol Beachfront in Lingayen.
Playing for the first time since the Santa Ana Open in Cagayan last year, Estoquia and Demontaño displayed tremendous improvement in the sand court. They opened their campaign with a 21-7, 21-12 conquest of Rizal Technological University’s Hannah Patrocenio and Myla Lim, before completing a sweep of Pool D matches with a 21-10, 21-12 romp of NU Boysen 2’s Bingle Landicho and Kath Epa.
Perlas’ Bea Tan and Dij Rodriguez topped Pool A with a 2-0 record following a 21-17, 21-13 victory over San Beda’s Ella and Nieza Viray. Meanwhile, Air Force 1’s May Ann Pantino and Jozza Cabalsa completed a three-match sweep of Pool C assignments following a 21-10, 21-7 decision over University of the Philippines’ alums Pam Legaspi and Aliya Ong.
NU Boysen 1’s Roma Joy Doromal and Kly Orillaneda ruled Pool B with a 2-0 slate after scoring a 21-10, 21-8 win over Pangasinan 2’s Tricia Abalos and Abigail Guzman.
Pangasinan has a team that made it to the top eight, as Alaminos’ Karen Mae Vinluan and April May de Guzman turned back Legaspi and Ong, 21-17, 22-20, to finish second in Pool C with a 2-1 card
The other women’s quarterfinalists are San Beda’s Viray twins (1-1); Air Force 2’s Mikaela Andres and Angel Antipuesto (1-1); and NU Boysen 2’s Landicho and Epa (1-1).
Action resumes Wednesday, with the quarterfinals starting at 7 a.m., followed by the semis and finals in the afternoon.