DLSU-Dasma seeks title retention

RETAINING the title in the Petron Ladies Beach Volleyball Battle of Champions is not going to be a walk in the park for Jennifer Manzano and new partner Satchel Senupe of De La Salle Dasmarinas.

A week before the culminating leg of the long-time beach volley meet in the country, the rest of the opposition vows to make life difficult for the defending champion during the Oct. 11-12 event at the Baywak in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

“Pahihirapan namin sila,” said University of Perpetual Help’s Jenilyn Aquino and partner Evardelene de Vera, seated just within distance of the lovely pair from De La Salle Dasmarinas during yesterday’s PSA Forum at Shakey’s U.N. Ave.

Aquino and De Vera clashed for the PRISAA crown with Manzano and Senupe last summer.

Manila spikers Jill Gustilo and Chona Cabral vowed to do the same.

“Hindi po namin sila papayagang mag-champion,” said the duo in the session presented by Outlast Battery, PAGCOR and Shakey’s.

Manzano won the crown last year with April Almaden as partner, beating Wensh Tiu and Regina Tungol in the final, 21-11.

But Manzano stressed her tandem with Senupe has become a better team going into the final stage of the tournament backed by Petron, Speedo, Mikasa and the City of Puerto Princesa.

Organizer Tisha Abundo said the support of birthday celebrant, Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward Hagedorn will also make the outcome of the contest  interesting.

“The fourth leg of the circuit gives the cast an extra motivation as it will crown who really is this season’s beach volley queens,”stated Abundo, who added that Mayor Hagedorn could provide additional incentives to the prizes, which will be P20,000 to the winners and P10,000 to the runner-up.  Radito Torres

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