SUBIC — The Philippines settled for a pair of bronze medals in beach volleyball in the 30th Southeast Asian Games on Friday at the converted Subic Tennis Court here.
The Philippines’ Jaron Requinton and Jude Garcia beat Kingsley Tai and Ray Meng Trevis Tan of Singapore, 25-23, 21-13, in the golden match to give the men’s national team its first beach volleyball medal in the biennial showcase.
"Sobrang gigil po kami na makakuha ng medal lalo na at home court po natin so chance na po talaga natin makakuha ng medal kaya ‘yun po ang motivation po namin," said Requinton.
In the first match, James Buytrago and Requinton fell short as Tai and Fan Yang Shen proved too much for the Pinoy spikers, 20-22, 22-20, 15-7. But Edmar Bonono and Jude Garcia bested Nicholas Kiu and Tan, 21-14, 21-14, to force a golden match.
"Grabe po ang pressure sa akin," admitted Requinton, who was supposed to be a reserved player. "Hindi ko po akalain makakamedal po kami."
"Mindset ko talaga gusto ko manalo, wala akong inisip na iba, gusto kong tulungan ang teammates ko at para sa Pilipinas," said Garcia.
Earlier in the day, the women’s team composed of Sisi Rondina, Bernadeth Pons, Dzi Gervacio and Dij Rodriguez bagged the bronze, defeating Singapore in two games.
The last time the Philippines won a medal in beach volleyball was in 2005 edition of the biennial meet in Manila courtesy of Heidi Ilustre and Diane Pascua.