TEAM Circle pounced on a tired Braganza team to complete a thrilling 25-23, 25-20, 12-25, 25-19 comeback victory and emerge champion of the 1st Quezon City Pride Volleyball Cup late Sunday at the Amoranto Sports Complex.
One of the five teams competing under the banner of the host city, Team Circle took advantage of Braganza's eight-player roster to win the crown of this tourney organized by Sports Core and the city council of Quezon for members of the LBGT community.
Braganza, which survived a pair of do-or-die matches before figuring in a marathon battle with Instituto Estetico Manila (IEM)-A in the semifinals, managed to take the second set, 25-12, before running out of gas and bowing to a fresher, more inspired Circle side in the decider.
Circle took home a cash prize of P20,000, an elegant trophy and the prestige of being the inaugural champion of this prestigious tournament. Its star player, Jolas Lopez, also ran away with the MVP plum.
Earlier, Sesahood breezed past Joan's Angels, 25-13, 25-23, 26-24, to finish in third place.
Quezon City councilor Mayen Juico, the main proponent of the city's gender-equality ordinance, said the two-day event was a huge success as the members of the gay community were given an avenue to display their skills.
"We're so happy to successfully stage this first-ever Pride Cup," said Juico, who graced the awarding ceremony together with Philippine Superliga (PSL) president Ramon "Tats" Suzara.
"It goes to show that we are actively taking part in the development of our community and giving a fair chance to our LBGT constituents to get actively involved in sports."