STA. LUCIA, F2 LOGISTICS, ABANSE NEGRENSE FIRST TEAMS TO ENTER SUBIC BAY AHEAD OF PSL BEACH VOLLEYBALL CUP
Teams and staff began arriving in Subic Bay ahead of the 3-day event 2021 Gatorade-Philippine Superliga Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup opener on Friday.
Abanse Negrense teams were the first team to enter the PSL bubble on Tuesday and followed by DM Demontano and Jackie Estoquia of Sta. Lucia and the Lady Realtors’ second team Jonah Sabete and Bang Pineda, along with coach Rodrigo Del Rosario, manager Von Mojado and physical therapist Katherine Tenorio.
As of Tuesday, it was determined that 21 of the 70 players, team, and tournament staff have arrived in the venue and are required to undergo saliva tests for COVID-19, then, will be quarantined for 24 hours while waiting for their results.
Tests are conducted by the Olongapo chapters of the Philippine Red Cross.
Abanse Negrense featuring Erjane Magdato and Alexa Polidario, and its second team of Jennifer Cosas and Gelimae Villanueva are accompanied by their coach Jason Delmo and team manager Carmela Gamboa.
While F2 Logistics composed of Kyla Gallego and Jennymar Senares are with coach Lyca Yu.
The 3-day league will be divided into two pools, consisting of F2 Logistics, Kennedy Solar Energy-Petro Gazz, Sta. Lucia 2 and Abanse Negrense 1 in Pool A and United Auctioneers, Abanse Negrense 2, Sta. Lucia 1 and Toby’s Sports play in Pool B.
“Napakaganda po ng court ng beach volleyball dito sa Subic,” Panganiban said on Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum.
Meanwhile, tournament director Ginio Panganiban is now in isolation at the Subic Bay Peninsular hotel and shared that once players are tested negative, they can start training in the sands.
“Yung quarantine period, hindi puwedeng may kasama. Kailangan single room siya,” said Panganiban.
The rest of the teams and staff are set to enter the bubble on Wednesday, according to Panganiban.
The beach volleyball cup will be aired on Facebook and Youtube.
“We were not able to bring it on free tv because of the shortness of time, but we are negotiating with GMA 7 for future events,” Juico said.