Dispatch: UAAP S74 Beach Volleyball Finals 2011

UST WVT Maru and Judy
UST WVT Maru and Judy victory hug

I never thought Beach Volleyball can be so emotional, it is really a different atmosphere from indoor Volleyball. But I guess on every game when the championship is at stake, every player can feel the pressure and only having a pair on a team, it really shows on every winning point. I was able to watch the finals game match for UAAP Season 74 beach volleyball in UE Caloocan. For the Women’s it’s UST with main players Maru Banaticla and Judy Caballejo playing against Ateneo’s Alyssa Valdez and Bea Tan. Game 2 was a win from Ateneo forcing a deciding 3rd match. I was really surprised on how each player would react to each points they got and they sure show a lot of passion for the game.On Game 3, Maru had an injury but she showed how a trooper she was and continued playing despite the pain. In two sets, UST was able to get  their first Beach Volleyball championship and it was a well deserved win. Lots of victory hugs here.

Maru going up against Alyssa
Maru going up against Alyssa

On the other side, the Men’s volleyball have always been about speed and power and FEU certainly showed they are the tougher team sweeping the competition until the finals game against UST. Main players for FEU was Karl de la Calzada and Arvin Avila going up against UST’s Jason Ramos and Mark Alfafara.

Maru signaling her play
Maru signaling her play

Sharing here some photos I got during the games. I do hope I could get a press pass next time so I could move around easily and shoot closer. You can check out the SmugMug Gallery for more images. All images were shot with an Olympus PEN E-PL1 and 40-150mm M. Zuiko

The young and talened Alyssa Valdez from Ateneo Team
The young and talened Alyssa Valdez from Ateneo Team
FEU's Arvin Avila going up agains Mark Alfafara
FEU's Arvin Avila going up agains Mark Alfafara

 

Jason Ramos powerful attack avoiding de la Calzada's block
Jason Ramos powerful attack avoiding de la Calzada's block

 

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