With the 76th Season of the UAAP looming closer, more and more exciting changes have been emerging from the UAAP board room. One of the biggest and most shocking changes is the transfer of the Beach Volleyball tournament of the UAAP from UE Caloocan to the beach fronting hotel Le Soleil, found in Station 2 of the island of Boracay, Aklan.
The decision was finalized last January by UAAP president Nilo Ocampo and Boracay Mayor John Yap. The competition will take place sometime in July up until August, where all eight universities will participate in the said event.
The new sand court was originally to be located in Zambales in an attempt to build up local tourism, but the deal fell as the UAAP and the local government failed to reach an agreement. The board’s next choice was Boracay, one of the world’s top summer destinations and one of the most crowded beaches in the country.
The ‘White Beach’ as it is called is also known for its night life, with a wide range of venues for partygoers all year round, making the UAAP think twice about holding the tournament in the island paradise. The board, however, eventually agreed to hold the tournament in Boracay, in an attempt to rehabilitate the island’s image and promote a healthier and more active, healthy lifestyle to the thousands who visit.
Beach Volleyball is actually already a popular activity in Boracay ,and there are different volleyball tournaments being held in the island, such as the Nestea Beach Volleyball and Philippine Hotel Reservations Services (PHRS) Beach Volleyball tournaments.
Incoming sophomore Kim Fajardo says, “I’m looking forward for the next season, with the new sand court in Boracay and our recruits. I think that we have brought back the team’s confidence. Commitment and teamwork are some of the important factors in winning. Sana tuloy tuloy na ‘yung improvement namin.”
The duo of Fajardo and Wensh Tiu made a marked improvement for La Salle in Season 75 as they finished at third place. Their noticeable improvement was a major contributor in the General Championship chase of the Green and White.
With a new venue and a new season, look for La Salle to aim even higher—towards a Beach Volley championship on the pristine sands of Boracay, the start of a new sensational trend.