PH beach spikers end chase for Olympic bids

The men’s and women’s beach volleyball clubs couldn’t get beyond their experienced opponents from the 2021 AVC Continental Cup semifinals at Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, also neglected to notch the only Tokyo Olympic slot for every sex.

The women’s team headed by Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons dropped in three places, 21-19, 10-21, 12-15, against New Zealand’s Alice Ziemann and Shaunna Marie Polley from the gold game.

The Filipina spikers compelled the third game after splitting their first two matches.

Rondina and Pons nailed a near three-set win against the Kiwi set of Francesca Kirwan and Olivia Macdonald, 21-12, 17-21, 15-9. The set of Baby Love Barbon and Dij Rodriguez were swept from the Ziemann-Polley duo, 14-21, 13-21.

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New Zealand will face Japan on Saturday, with the winner progressing to the Last round of the Olympic qualifiers.

Meanwhile, the men’s teams have been disposed of by Australia in their final semifinal matches.

Jaron Requinton and James Buytrago failed to win a set against Australia’s Christopher Mchugh and Damien Schumann, 11-21, 15-21.

On the other hand, the set of Jude Garcia and Anthony Arbasto Jr. sacrificed their game against the tandem of Maximilian Guehrer and Zachery Schubert later Garcia suffered an accident midway in the next group.

The man beach spikers previously won their series against Lebanon, 2-1, to face Australia in their semifinal bracket.

Quinton and Buitrago narrowly lost to the Lebanese group of Jean Abi Chedid and Joe El Azzi, 19-21, 19-21. However, the Garcia-Arbasto duo rebounded with a 21-16, 18-21, 18-16 victory over Paul Bou Akl and Salba Chafic.

Garcia and Requinton awakened for the gold game where they prevailed against Bou Akl and El Azzi, 21-16, 21-17.

Paul Jan Doloiras and Rhovyl Verayo will be the coaches of these Filipino male and female beach spikers, respectively.