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UST’s Requinton-Varga dig deep against NU, UE to go to 2-0

The University of Santo Tomas began their back-to-back men’s title bid with two victories in the UAAP Season 82 Men’s Beach Volleyball Tournament Sunday at Sands SM By The Bay.

Last season’s Rookie of the Year winner Jaron Requinton and Rancel Varga edged National University’s James Natividad and James Buytrago, 21-15, 18-21, 16-14, in a thrilling opener. They then returned in the afternoon session with a 21-10, 21-18 conquest of the University of the East’s Jake Abria and Lloyd Josafat.

Requinton — who paired with Krung Arbasto in last season’s championship run — is trying to connect well with Varga as the season progresses.

“Konting kilala pa po sa isa’t isa. First time ko siyang partner kasi usually si Efraim Dimaculangan ang partner. Konting adjustment sa pa sa court,” said Requinton.

Far Eastern University’s Jude Garcia and Kevin Hadlocon posted the lone straight set win in the men’s morning session. Last year’s runners-up overcame a flat start to defeat the Adamson University’s Leo Miranda and Jesus Valdez, 21-17, 21-13. They then dodged a bullet in afternoon, nipping the University of the Philippines’ Niccolo Consuelo and rookie Louis Gamban, 21-13, 15-21, 15-12.

The Tamaraws joined the Tiger Spikers on top at 2-0.

NU rebounded from the season-opening loss to UST with a 21-17, 22-20 victory over Ateneo’s Abai Llenos and Kurt Aguilar. Meanwhile, Adamson University’s Miranda and Valdez also evened their record to 1-1 following a 21-13, 18-21, 15-7 decision over De La Salle’s Vince Maglinao and Ian Jumandos.

In other morning matches that also went into distance, UE’s Abria and Josafat nipped Ateneo’s Llenos and Aguilar, 21-11, 12-21, 15-11. On the other hand, UP’s Consuelo and Gamban outlasted De La Salle’s Maglinao and Jumandos, 21-18, 14-21, 15-13.

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