SWEDEN survived a second set scare from Philippines B to prevail, 21-13, 21-16, at the start of the Spike for Peace International Beach Volleyball Tournament at the Philsports Arena on Sunday.
The tandem of Anne-Lie Helene Rininsland and Karin Erika Lundqvist, winner of the Swedish Volleyball Championship, disposed Philippine Super Liga titlists Danika Gendrauli and Norie Jane Diaz.
After a lopsided opening set, the Filipinas appeared on the way of forging a deciding set as they led, 9-2, before the Swedish zoomed to tie the match, 16-16, and never looked back.
“It was nice I’m really impressed by everything here. They are fighters,” said Lundqvist.
“(In the second set) we started focusing and doing good things on the ball,” said Rininsland. “They have ball control and a lot of skills.”
Gendrauli, who scored mostly on drop shots in the second set, admitted their opponents regained control after figuring out their game.
“Alam na po nila ang gagawin namin, nabasa na nila,” said the Cebu native.
The tournament, which runs until December 3, is open free to public especially to those who want to watch the action live.
Meanwhile, in the opening match, the Netherlands duo of Ilke Gabrielle Meertens and Rosanna Van Der Hoeven defeated Becchara Maygar Palmer and Sarah Annne Battaglene of Australia B, 22-20, 21-17.
The US pair of Jennifer Snyder and Emily Jo Stockman meanwhile, denied Justine Clare Mowen and Jordan Alexandra Mowen of Australia A.