Newly-crowned NOPSSCEA beach volleyball champion Jennifer Cosas and Jossa Sumande are heading for Bayawan City in Negros Oriental next month for the 2013 Women’s Invitational Beach Volleyball Tournament.
Set on Feb. 2 – 3 at Bayawan City Boulevard, the competition, is expected to attract outstanding volleyball talents including foreign nationals who are residing in the country.
Last year, the tournament was dominated by Singaporean coeds Faye Sai and Sihui Zenn, who beat UNO-Rians Cosas and partner Ruby Casiple in the championship.
Patty Orendain and Beauty Denila of University of St. La Salle, finished second runner-up last year after beating Foundation University-Bayawan duo Salamatu Yushawu and Hannah Ollina in the battle for third place.
Launched last year by the Bayawan city government as one of the major activities of its “Tawo-Tawo” Festival, the tournament taps the assistance of former Philippine Volleyball Federation president Roger Banzuela as coordinator.
To spice up the competition, Banzuela has invited the different schools in the country, volleyball clubs, and private companies to send their players to the tournament to help promote beach volleyball.
He said no registration fees will be collected from the participants and the champion will receive P10,000 cash prize, P7,000 for the first runner-up, P5,000 for the second runner-up, and P3,000 each for the 3rd and 4th runner-ups.
Registration for the tournament is still going on, Banzuela said, as he advised those who are interested to join to get in touch with James Ludweg Geconcillo at Bayawan City Sports Office at telephone numbers (035) 531-0020 local 136 or 4300396.*NAB
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