Underdogs Stood Tall Against Volleyball Veterans

August 4, 2019

The newbie duo of Al-Hamed Guiamal and Ashraf Isra, both 2nd year BS Information Technology students, bagged the first runner-up in the SHAPERS Beach Volleyball Tournament 2019 at Cotabato City State Polytechnic College (CCSPC) on August 3-4, 2019.

The duo faced the national champions of SCUAA (State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association) during the semi-finals. The head-to-head fight with the veterans was intense with 19-21, 21-19, and 18-21.

Ashraf Isra and Al-Hamed Guiamal with their 1st Runner Up tokens

"Sobrang saya kasi naka 1st runner-up kami kahit na matitindi ang kalaban namin. Sobrang kabado kami nung una kasi ang gagaling ng mga kalaban at matatangkad. Pero syempre pusong STI tayo kaya lumaban pa rin kami," shared Isra.

According to the duo, they would like to pursue their beach volleyball career if they’ll be given the chance. For now, they will just work on what they have and hopefully bag the championship title in the next tournament.

"Hindi man kami nag-champion, at least nakapasok kami as finals. Para sa amin malaking bagay na yun," said the duo.


Special thanks to: Ashraf Isra & Al-Hamed Guiamal, 2nd yr. BSIT, STI College Cotabato. Article written by Guia Sanchez, Correspondent.