DUMAGUETE CITY – The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will recommend for the disbandment of the national men’s beach volleyball team following their poor performance here in the POC-PSC National Games.
Chairman Richie Garcia clarified that this applies not only to the beach volleyball squad but also to other national athletes who performed below par in this annual competition.
Members of the men’s beach volleyball squad, namely Arnel Amadeo, Arvin Avila and Henry Pecana, competed here but were paired to different playes.
Amadeo paired with Buensuceso Sayson to form the Negros Oriental team while Avila and national coach Parley Tupaz joined forces for the UST 3 squad. Pecana and Jayson Ramos composed the UST 2 pair.
But their teams failed to play in the finals of the men’s division where two Cebu teams figured in the gold medal match.
Cebu A, composed of former national player John Rey Sasing and Edward Ybanez, beat the tandem of Mike Abria and Jade Bacaldo of Cebu B, 21-16, 25-23, for the gold medal match held at the Quezon Park.
The duo of Avila and Tupaz and Pecana and Ramos got eliminated early while Amadeo and Sayson reached the Top Four before settling for the bronze.
Their performance failed to impress Garcia.
“If you are in the national team, you should be the best and that was not the situation in our men’s beach volleyball team,” he said.
“We will recommend to the POC and their NSA to disband the men’s team,” he added.
If it happens, these players can’t receive the monthly allowance anymore from the sports agency though can still be training with the national team depending on the decision of the NSA.
But Tupaz was not bothered by the outcome of their stint here.
“Hindi namin kasi pinagsama iyung dalawa at pinaghiwalay namin para dumami iyung kasali at makita din namin kung paano nila bibitbitin ang kapareha nila. After PNG naman, magpapalit na ako ng lineup,” he said.
The women side almost suffered the same fate as the dup of Angela Benting and Jovelyn Gonzaga rallied from the opening set loss and scored a 13-21, 21-19, 15-10 victory against Cebu’s Erica Verano and Jusabelle Brillo in the gold medal match.