LINGAYEN – Far Eastern University spikers Maritoni Basas and Samantha Dawson pulled off two hard-earned wins Tuesday at the start of the second leg of the 2013 Petron Ladies' Beach Volleyball Tournament here.
They braved the hot morning weather to first squeak past Lingayen-B’s Jovy Sison and Jovelyn Castillo, 21-19, before putting away Lingayen-A’s Joan Fernandez and Josephine Caguioa, 21-18, at the sand courts of the provincial capital beach front.
The wins put Basas and Dawson in the early lead of Group A of the quarterly spikefest held as part of the province’s annual celebration of the Pistay Dayat 2013 Festival.
Pangasinense spikers Cassandra Lleda and Melanie Carreon outplayed Letran bets Juno Carreon and Ethel Evangelista, 21-13, to stay behind Basas and Dawson in the event supported by Mikasa balls, the provincial government of Pangasinan, and the office of Cong. Leopoldo Bataoil (District 2).
“Sa service namin dinala ang laban,” said the 19-year-old Basas, who is playing the sport for the first time.
Their match with Fernandez and Caguioa tied at 18-all, the Morayta-based FEU bets got a chance to move ahead behind Dawson’s short volleys. A pair of errors at the net by the Lingayen-A team later allowed FEU to clinch the win.
Fernandez and Caguioa bounced back from the loss to FEU when they held off Mapua babes Mabel Lau and Hazel Sedenio, 21-5.
In Group B, University of the East bets Leuseth Dawis and Pia Sarmiento and the pair of University of Luzon duo Marjorie Magistrado and Rachel Ramos pulled off convincing triumphs.
Dawis and Sarmiento kept the Viray twins Geziela and Nieza of Pangasinan School of Arts and Trade at bay with excellent spiking to hack out a 21-10 win.
The 22-year-old Magistrado and Ramos put away Stanza National High School standouts Maristella Santiago and Arcelyn Viray, 21-8.
Water sports activities like dragon boat competitions and the multi-sport event of triathlon were also held during the day as part of the Pistay Dayat celebration in line with Gov. Amado Espino’s plans to promote Pangasinan as a mecca for sports.