NORIE Jane Diaz and Cebu star Danika Gendrauli downed Cha Cruz and beach volley veteran Micmic Laborte, 21-19, 21-14, while Bea Tan and Pau Soriano turned back Fil-American Alexa Micek and Fille Cainglet-Cayetano, 21-15, 21-14, at the start of the Philippine Super Liga Beach Volleyball Challenge on Saturday at the Bay in SM Mall of Asia.
"Hindi kami katangkaran so dinaan nalang namin sa spin and set shots," said Gendrauli.
"But still marami pa kaming kailangan matutunan, malakas ang nga kalaban namin dito," she added.
Tan said she and Soriano had doubts entering the tournament because of the powerhouse bracket they are in.
"A win is a win masaya kami," said Tan. "Marami pa kaming errors na dapat i-coreect."
"At first really scared bago pa lang partner puro malalakas ka-bracket," she said.
Cignal HD's Wensh Tiu and April Hingpit defeated corwd favorite Gretchen Ho and Charo Soriano of Petron XCS, 21-16, 21-13.
Asian Beach Games veteran Edward Bonono and Sandy Montero of Cignal HD Spikers A scored a 21-15, 21-14 win over brothers Tim and Daniel Young of SM By the Bay B before crushing Rence Melgar and John Carlo Lozada of Centerstage, 21-17, 21-19.