MARU Banaticla and Judy Caballejo, University of Santo Tomas standouts representing the Philippines, closed in on a quarterfinal spot in the 2nd Asian University Beach Volleyball Championship by defeating Korea, 21-13, 21-15, on Wednesday in Cha-Am, Thailand.
The Most Valuable Players in the last two editions of the UAAP beach volley competitions downed Laos-1 in the opener on Tuesday, 21-9, 21-17, but lost to Thailand-1, 12-21, 8-21, in the afternoon match.
Banaticla and Caballejo, who won UST’s second straight UAAP women’s beach volleyball crown two months ago, battles Malaysia-2 for a spot in the quarterfinals.
Jennifer Manzano and Monique Tiangco of La Salle-Dasmariñas hold a 1-1 record, beating Laos-2 before bowing to Thailand-2.
Nineteen teams are divided into four groups, with the top two teams in each group advancing to the knockout quarterfinals.
The inaugural Asian University Beach Volleyball Championship was held in Laizhou City in Shandong Province, China in July last year, where the Philippines was represented by Ateneo’s Alyssa Valdez and Bea Tan, and University of Southern Philippines’ Erika Camille Verano and Apple Eve Saraum.