Davao Settles for Silver Print

Palaro-2010SAN JOSE, Tarlac - The coveted gold medal is still evading the Davao Region Athletic Association (Davraa) as it settled for one tennis silver, two swimming bronze medals and one badminton bronze after Day 3 of the 2010 Palarong Pambansa.

Davraa, which escaped with a 2-1 win over Eastern Visayas RAA in the semifinals, was dethroned of its crown after bowing to Northern Mindanao RAA, 0-2, in the elementary girls tennis team finals at the Hacienda Luisita Country Club Tennis Courts.

Davao del Norte's Princess Aiko Miyata lost to Kim Iglupas, 2-8, in the first singles, while Davao Oriental's Debbie Ace Songcuya and Twinnie Joy Delfinan succumbed to the power tandem of Roxanne Resma and Janelle Llavore, 3-8.

In the past three Davraa matches, Jenni Celine Cansino Dizon was fielded as the first singles player but their coach decided to put her in the second singles instead anticipating that NMRAA's highly-touted Resma will be fielded in the first singles.

"It would have really made a difference if I played the first singles but it's over now. I just want to think of my singles event. I will do my best to put up a better finish. I'll have another round of practice this afternoon to ready myself for tomorrow. But I can say I am ready for my singles campaign," Dizon tolds.

Dizon opens her singles bid Thursday, while Delfinan and Soncuya were still playing at the start of the doubles event as of Wednesday.

Over at the Tarlac Recreation Park (TRP) pool, Lorelie Lora bagged the secondary girls 100-meter backstroke bronze after checking in at one minute and 13.02 seconds. National Capital RAA tanker Whitney Dy (1:11.74) and Calabarzon's Ariana Heranz (1:11.81) clinched the gold and silver, respectively.

Lora, a transfer junior High School student at the Holy Cross of Davao College (HCDC) also powered Davraa's bronze finish in secondary girls 200m medley. NCR clocked 2:13.19 for the gold while Calabarzon timed 2:14.10 for the bronze.

Davraa, also composed of Davao City's Sweet Angel Altamera and Panabo City's Shenna Mae Ayuban and Le'An Cantil, registered 2:19.89.

"I've been training mornings and afternoons and undergo yoga pilates on Sundays to prepare for this Palaro. I will still swim in other events but I can't really predict to win a gold because my other rivals are very strong," Lora said.

In badminton, Davraa's secondary boys team of Niccolo Mervin Bangayan, Kristoffer Hernaez, Jayson Quiben and Elderico Verano shared the bronze with NCRAA.