Beach belles bag silver, men’s team take bronze

The Philippines-Mindanao raked two medals in beach volleyball amidst a tough competition in the 9th BIMP EAGA Friendship Games in Samaranda City, East Kalimantan, Indonesia.

The pair of Samantha Dizon and Kween Marie Dawang lost to the tandem from Kalimantan Timor of Indonesia 14-21, 18-21 in the finals to settle for the silver medal in women’s beach volleyball.

Dizon is a standout of Ateneo de Davao University while Dawang is from Holy Cross off Davao College. JR Labio coached the Dabawenyas.

In the men’s side, the tandem of Jan Ashley Jacob of the University of Mindanao and Rex Paller of Jose Maria College took the bronze medal.

The team is coached by Abet Bernan with Jonathan Vanta as his assistant.

Bernan said the competition in beach volleyball is tough. “You can say that it’s a high-level competition. Malalakas ang mga teams.”

Despite that, Bernan said the Philippines-Mindanao squads fared well. (Neilwin Joseph Bravo)