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JUH-UGAFCO, KAMC Lady Spikers, Tomodachi-KFAFH win PAL-Kalayaan Cup openers

Two-time defending men’s champion Jeddah United Hitters-UGAFCO with organizers and guests.
Chief guest Vice Consul Sheila Alinsangan Briones during the opening ceremony. (AN photos)
JEDDAH: Looking to three-peat, two-time defending men’s champion Jeddah United Hitters-UGAFCO opened defense of its title with a 25-11, 25-6 victory over Saudi German Hospital in one of three games that tore the wraps off the PAL-Kalayaan Volleyball Cup 4th Conference at Trio Ranch & Country Club on the outskirts of Jeddah.
The tournament to run for eight weekends was launched with a colorful opening ceremony in which Vice Consul Sheila Alinsangan Briones of the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah was the chief guest. The other VIP guests present at the ceremony were
Syed Hamid Nayeem of the Philippine Airlines, SMDC’s Allan Murillo Castillo, OSN Executive Alex Cinco Sales, Nascol Supplies Co. Executive Manager Paul Antiporda, Pepsi Cola representative Mohammed Sami, and NWorld representatives Ashley Daye Jao and Nancy Bayani. Representatives form Sky Freight Forwarders, Indomie, Giordano and Baytoti also came as well as guest Sameera Aziz.
The special awards to go up for grabs went to Joy Ann Rose Mayangitan (Tomodachi-KFAFH) Best Team Representative, women’s division; Patricia Perlas Dayrit (Jeddah United Hitters-UGAFCO) Best Team Representative, men’s division; SGH and JUH-UGAFCO Best Team in Uniform men’s and women’s divisions; SGH Best Organized Team.
The 3rd Conference runner-up in the women’s division, KAMC (King Abdulaziz Medical City) Lady Spikers, were also in action Friday, winning their match against Adam’s Angels 17-25, 25-18, 15-9.
In the other opening games, the women’s team of SGH took to the court twice, winning against Makkah Terminators 25-21,25-19 in the fourth and last game and losing against Tomodachi-KFAFH in the second game.
The Best Player award winners on the day were: Randy D. Macatiguib (JUH-UGAFCO), Angela Pingul (Tomodachi-KFAFH), Sharon Estores (KAMC Lady Spikers ) and Winrose O. Flaviano (SGH).
There are 11 teams seeing action, six in the women’s and five in the men’s division as follows: Adam’s Angels, International Medical Center (IMC) KAMC Lady Spikers, Makkah Terminators, Saudi German Hospital and Tomodachi-KFFH; IMC,
Jeddah Blue Spikers, JUH-UGAFO, SGH and Tomodachi.
The tournament is organized by Dreamstar Productions for Sports & Events under the leadership of Al Moran Bacleon and supported by sponsors PAL, SMDC, OSN, Nascol Supplies Co, CO., Pepsi Cola, NWorld, Sky Freight Forwarders, Indomie, Giordano and Baytoti.
The Kalayaan Volleyball Cup committee would like to express its thanks and appreciation to Trio Ranch & Country Club Manager Antonio Peruzzi for their generous support in helping make the tournament launch a success.
Event Planner/Tournament Organizer Maki de Guzman heads the Organizing Committee. With de Guzman in the committee are: Finance Office, Joey Villanueva, Admin & Technical teams: Daisy Ringpis, Janette Calica, Janet Cupcupin, Cherry Reyes, Janet Magjacot, Wilson Porlaje, Jerry P. Lagrimas (Technical Adviser) Edgar Zantua (Logistic Officer)/ Harold Amper (Tournament Commissioner) and Alex Sales (Independent Adviser).