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Monday, August 26, 2013
SAINT Louis University and the University of the Cordilleras outclassed their respective rivals to open their bids as women's volleyball jumpstarts in the 27th Baguio – Benguet Educational Athletic League.
Women's defending titlist SLU Lady Navigators made short work of a hapless Pines City Colleges Lady Warriors in a 25-8, 25-13, 25-16 straight set at the UC gym.
But despite the huge win, Lady Navigators head coach Gerald Peralta said his team needs more adjustments for this year’s tournament with four rookies in his line-up.
"The team hasn't jelled yet kasi may apat na bago. At the same time medyo iba yung line namin kasi yung dati naming setter wala na kaya yun din talaga ang isa sa mga adjustments na aming gagawin," said Peralta.
With a young team in tow, Peralta hopes the girls would peak once they face 2011 champion University of Baguio and former six time, and last year's first runner–up, the UC Lady Jaguars.
"This early ang sinasabi ko lang sa team eh enjoyin lang nila, wag silang masyadong ma pressure at gawin lang nila kung ano yung ginagawa namin sa practice," added Peralta.
While SLU opened their title retention bid without a sweat, the Lady Jaguars breezed past the University of Philippines–Baguio Lady Maroons, 25-7, 25 – 9, 25 – 21.
And third year coach Clarissa Tolentino is just happy with the result as they seek another shot at the tile after losing in game three of their finals match against SLU.
Returning for the Lady Jaguars in the first six line-up are veterans Roxanne Almonte, Nica Salazar, Maureen Agudia, Dianne De Guzman and second year players Ma. Luisa Prado and libero Rochelle Degay.
"Yung mga datihan ko, wala akong problema dun, they can handle pressure already. But sa mga baguhan, medyo nag aadjust pa kame pero generally we’re okay," said Tolentino.
The rookies in the Lady Jaguars, according to Tolentino have yet to play their A-game after they were played in the third set.
Tolentino added their biggest test will also be UB and SLU who they will face later this month.
"Sa tingin ko, yung team composition ang magiging advantage namin. I can say na mas equipped yung aming first six specially experience wise since of the players from other schools are freshmen," Tolentino added.
But despite the experience advantage, the former UC setter still sees a tough competition for this year.
"Anything can happen. We can't say it's over for other teams unless it's already done. In that case we will just do our job and show what we’ve got," Tolentino quipped.
In the men's contest, defending champion SLU sneaked past Baguio Central University Eagles while last year’s runner–up Cordillera Career Development College moved past UP-Baguio as UC downed Baguio College of Technology.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 27, 2013.