RUPIA Inck and Bea Tan recovered from a set down to beat Alexa Micek and Charo Soriano, 17-21, 24-22, 15-12, in the finals of the Beach Volleyball Republic Christmas Open at the Sands SM by the Bay on Sunday.
Inck, a beach volleyball first-timer, was happy to come back home to Brazil with a title after winning a thrilling match played under clear sky for a change after a rain-hit elimination round.
"It's just so good. This is just so crazy. This is just my first beach volleyball tournament ever. I always play for fun and I always dreamed of being a beach volleyball player. It feels really, really good,” she said.
Inck and Tan handed themselves an early Christmas present after they won the grand prize of P100,000.
Inck and Tan stormed to a 6-1 lead in the third set but Soriano shook off cramps on her left leg to bring her team within 12-14 before Inck scored the winning point.
Meanwhile, Bang Pineda and Janine Marciano settled for third place after they bested Maica Morada and April Hingpit, 21-15, 21-8. They pocketed P15,000.
Micek and Soriano, who topped Group A, clinched the first championship berth after making quick work of Maica Morada and April Hingpit, 23-21, 21-15 while Inck and Tan ended the win streak of Group B top seeds Pineda and Marciano, 21-11, 21-17, in the Final Four.
The tandem of Soriano and Micek and the pair of Inck and Tan finished the eliminations with identical 3-1 win-loss cards.
Pineda and Marciano swept the 4-game elims capped by a 21-13, 21-15 demolition of Hingpit and Morada.