Jude García and Krung Arbasto advance to the AVC beach volleyball quarterfinals

Jude García / Arbasto Anthony Lemuel Jr of PHI 1 at the AVC 2021 Asian Beach Volleyball Championship for Seniors. PHOTO AVC

MANILA, Philippines – Jude Garcia and Krung Arbasto of Philippines 1 advanced to the quarterfinals after surviving a close hat trick against Ahmed Mahmoud and Saifeddin Elmajid of Qatar 2, 22-20, 18-21, 15-12, at AVC Asian Senior 2021 Beach Volleyball Championship on Thursday in Phuket, Thailand.

Garcia and Arbasto previously reserved their places in the knockout stage after a two-set sweep by Kingsley Tay and Melvin Goh Teng Kuan of Singapore, 26-24, 21-16, in their final match of the preliminaries.

The two will face Iranians Bahman Salemiinjehboroun and Abolhassan Khakizadeh in the quarterfinals on Friday.

However, the Philippine female pairs fared no better than in their respective final matches in the preliminaries.

Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons, bronze medalists at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, of the Philippines 1 lost to Japan’s Hasegawa Aiko and Sakaguchi Yurika, 21-17, 21-15, in their last match.

They took a 21-15, 24-22 win over Australians Alisha Stevens and Jana Milutovinic in their first match on Thursday’s schedule to clinch a 2-2 record in Group D.

General Eslapor and Dij Rodríguez of Philippines 2 bowed to Australians Jasmine Fleming and Stefanie Fejes, 21-18, 21-14, in their last match after defeating Kazakhs Alina Rachenko and Anastassiya Ukolova, 21-7, 21- 19, in his first game. departure of the day.

Philippines 2 finished the group stage at 2-2 in Group A, but settled for third place due to the quotient.

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