By Adrian Stewart Co
Negrenses JayRack De La Noche and Alexander Iraya bowed out of the 3rd Asian U19 Beach Volleyball Championships yesterday at the Nakhon Pathom in Thailand.
The Victorias City, Negros Occidental-natives failed to reach the crossover quarterfinals round after a 21-12, 21-16 defeat to Iran-2’s Amir Reza Zamani and Armin Kami yesterday morning.
The Iranians pounced on the miscues of the Philippine representatives to take an 11-4 lead. De La Noche and Iraya attempted to come close but Zamani and Kami went on to win the set.
The second set was much closer with the Philippines trailing 11-14 on an Iraya hit. The Iranians, however, showed composure to complete the straight set triumph.
On Sunday, the pair of De La Noche and Iraya had a rough international competition debut after being beaten by Thailand-1’s Netitorn Muneekul and Wachirawit Muadpha, 18-21, 15-21.
The No. 8 seeded De La Noche and Iraya gave the top-seeded Thais everything they had in the opening set and even led, 15-13, before the hosts recovered their bearing with solid plays.
De La Noche and Iraya kept the game close in the second set, before Netitorn and Wachirawit pulled away with a 17-12 advantage and never looked back.
The Philippine National Volleyball Federation duo, whose participation in the tournament is supported by the Philippine Sports Commission and Rebisco, vowed to do better in their upcoming tournament.
“Pasensya na po at hindi kami nanalo. Binigay naman namin ang lahat ng aming makakaya against Thailand and Iran,” said Iraya. “Babawi po kami.”
De La Noche and Iraya will also represent the Philippines to the Fourth Asian U21 Beach Volleyball Championships, a qualifier for the FIVB U21 Beach Volleyball World Championships, set on July 12 in Thailand./ASC, WDJ