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Cebu beach volleyball teams to represent Philippines in Southeast Asia championships

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CEBU CITY — Cebu’s men’s and women’s beach volleyball teams are all set to represent the country in the Southeast Asia Volleyball Championships on July 18-21 in Thailand.

The Cebuano teams earned the right to represent the country after winning the 2013 Philippine National Games in Manila.

The teams are the two-time PNG men’s champion duo of Jonrey Sasing and Edward Ybanez and the women’s champion of Jusabelle Brillo and Apple Saraum.

The team will leave for Thailand on Monday.

Brillo, a former beach volleyball national team member, is already getting excited to play in the tournament.

“This will be the first time Saraum and I will face foreign foes. I believe we make a good team. I am glad and happy to be given this opportunity,” said Brillo.

Sasing, also a former national team member, said they only learned about the trip last Friday.

“I am so excited that I will be competing again in this level. We are hoping to earn a medal in beach volley,” said Sasing, who competed in the 2009 Southeast Asian Games before coming back to Cebu to find a stable job.

Although it has been the long-time dream of Philippine Sports Commission beach volleyball consultant Eric Lecain for Cebu to play in a top caliber tournament like this, he said he is excited and pressured at the same time because they want to perform well in the tournament.

Pressure mounted after Lecain assured PSC chairman Richie Garcia that the teams will have a good performance.

“He asked me if Cebu could win some games at tournament. I said I have no doubt. Now I will have to pray a lot,” Lecain said.

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