THIRTEEN pairs battle it out for top honors in the PLDT Home Ultera-Philippine Super Liga Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup 2015 powered by Smart Live More on July 18 at SM Mall of Asia’s Sands By the Bay.
Among the top pairs tagged as favorites are PSL ambassadress Cha Cruz and beach volleyball veteran Micmic Laborte, suiting up for Cignal A.
“Actually, lahat naman ng teams malalakas, lahat yan pantay-pantay," said Cruz on Thursday.
"I'm not thinking of the chances, (because) Micmic is a top caliber beach volleyball player and ako ang nape-pressure sa kanya," added Cruz, noting that Laborte and Nene Bautista won the bronze medal in the beach volleyball competition of the 23rd Southeast Asian Games in Manila in 2005.
Also among the early favorites are the tandem of Gretchen Ho and Charo Soriano for Petron XCS, as Alexa Micek and Fille Cayetano-Cainglet for Petron Sprint 4T.
Wensh Tiu and April Ross Hingpit are suiting up for Cignal B, while also seeing action are Pau Soriano and Bea Tan of Foton Hurricanes, Patty Orendain and Fiola Ceballos of Foton Tornadoes, Alileen Abuel and Rosan Fajardo of Philips Gold, Danica Gendrauli and Norie Jane Diaz of Gilligan's, Len Cortel and Samantha Dawson of Sonak, Evangeline Pastor and Kin Ygay of Quantum Plus A, Tripoli Aurora and Rochet de la Paz of Quantum Plus B, Cindy Benitez and Florence Madulid of Benguet Electric Cooperative, and Jusabelle Brillo and Jem Guttierez of Meralco.
Nine teams clash in the men's side.
Cebu’s Jade Becaldo and Hachaliah Gilbuena will play as SM By the Bay Team A while Team B will be bannered by brothers Tim and Daniel Young.
Also seeing action are Fernando Alboro and Ronel Del Mundo for Perpetual Help Molino A, Emanuel Gamat and Paolo Alona of Perpetual Help Molino B, Sandy Montero and Edmar Bonono of Cignal A, Jay de la Cruz and Emmanuel Luces of Cignal B, Michael Ian Conde and Karl de la Calzada of Instituto Estetico Manila, nd Angelo Espiritu and Nestor Molate of Champion Infinity A.