UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas opened its title-retention bid in style by posting two straight wins in the UAAP women’s beach volleyball tournament Saturday at the UE Caloocan sand court.
Reigning MVP Judy Caballejo and Maru Banaticla of the Tigresses overcame Adamson’s Pau Soriano and Sheila Pineda 19-21, 21-16, 15-13 and returned in the afternoon session to score an easy 21-13, 21-13 win over Loryvel Faytaren and Sam Dawson of Far Eastern University.
La Salle’s Wensh Tiu and Kim Fajardo stunned Ateneo’s Fille Cainglet and Bea Tan 21-18, 21-13.
The Lady Eagles, who placed second last season, bounced back later in the day with a 21-17, 21-14 victory over Jessica Paron and Francislyn Cais of University of the East for a 1-1 record.
University of the Philippines’ Aia del Mundo and Pau Genido defeated the Lady Tamaraws 22-20, 21-18, while National University’s Dindin Santiago and Jen Reyes smashed the Lady Warriors 21-9, 21-7.
Meanwhile, the Tamaraws started their bid for a three-peat in the men’s division on a winning note, as last season’s MVP Arvin Avila and Karl dela Calzada downed John Hendrix Competente and Gilbert Longavela of the Falcons 21-15, 21-18.
UST’s Jay Depante and Mark Pangan defeated UP’s Jomari Badiong and Mico Lucindo 17-21, 21-15, 15-11, La Salle’s Red Christensen and Kevin Dela Vega edged NU’s Josephenry Tipay and Edwin Tolentino 15-21, 22-20, 16-14, and UE nipped Ateneo 15-21, 22-20, 15-9.