BEACH VOLLEYBELLES OUT TO MAKE ASIAN IMPACT
MANILA, February 24, 2006 (BULLETIN) By kristel satumbaga - AFTER MAKING an impact in the 23rd Southeast Asian Games, RP beach volleyball bets Heidi Ilustre and Diane Pascua are currently taking part in the Saipan tournament and are also scheduled to see action in two more international events as part of their build-up for the Doha Asian Games.
After the Saipan tournament, the two Fil-Am players, who scooped a bronze in last yearís SEA Games, they will also compete in the Guam and Thailand tournaments to enhance their chances of winning a medal in the Asian Games slated this December.
In winning the bronze, the two beat their Indon rivals, who took the silver in the last Asian Games held Busan, South Korea four years ago.
Beach volleyball head coach Rustico "Otie" Camangian said the two are determined to make an impact in the Asian level and are also willing to help local athletes train with them in the US.
"Gusto talaga ng mga Fil-Am athletes na magsama-sama mag-training ang team. Mas maganda kasi ang exposure ng mga players doon dahil maraming mga beach volleyball tournaments na pwede silang salihan," Camangian said.
Camangian also added that the other Fil-Am pair of Chad Mowrye and Justin Schnor are also willing to shoulder the board and lodging expenses of the local athletes if they will be allowed to train in California.
Ilustre and Pascua are hoping to get back at Thai rivals when they compete in the Thailand Open.
"They wanted to know how tough beach volley is played in Thailand, thatís why they want to join the Thailand Open," Camangian said.
Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi
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