Lady Navigators cruise past Lady Jaguars-A A +A
Monday, September 9, 2013
BRACING for a fierce showdown, Saint Louis University Lady Navigators scored a surprisingly easy 25-22, 25-13, 25-16 victory over University of the Cordilleras Lady Jaguars to bounce back from an early loss in women's volleyball of the Baguio – Benguet Educational Athletic League.
The defending champion Lady Navigators used their vaunted firepower and court savvy to the hilt to complete the rout with the duo of Colleen Rosi and Marian Torres combining splendidly with Jermay Geronimo, Keeley Betinio and Kimberly Padlan in clobbering the six time champion.
Rossi made sure that there was no repeat of last year's meltdown, this time on their part as she punctuated a match game winner with a spike to complete a three set win at the UC gym Thursday afternoon.
Up by eight with just two points to complete a ramp, the defending champions hesitated and allowed UC to pull even from a 15-23 deficit to even pull ahead 24-23.
However, Luisa Prado could have given the Jaguars their first set but failed to make the ball across as the Navigators equalized.
SLU scored once again on a spike by team captain Marianne Torres that set up the winner for the 5'8" stunner Rossi, last year's most valuable player by a local sports magazine.
"Talagang nawala kami sa sarili," said Torres after the 79 minute encounter of the two teams that decided last year's championship.
"Nagrelax kami at walang communication," referring to the third set near collapse of her team.
Last year, with only two points remaining from getting the second set to put SLU into a deeper hole, UC squandered an eight point lead that allowed SLU to even out en route to a five set victory to win the series 2-1 and the title, its first in more than 10 years.
UC easily took the lead in the first set zooming to a 10-4 advantage before the Navigators woke up to wrest the lead and eventually take the set.
It was also the second big test for SLU's new setter EJ Daniel, taking over the role of former team captain Jenine Biaes who graduated last April.
It was also a big test for Prado, who got a starting position and now directs traffic for the Jaguars, a team that nearly lost more than half of their starting six with the proposal that athletes who are taking up masters degree be barred from playing.
That could have meant the absence of Roxanne Almonte, Maureen Agudia, Hope Resusta and the 19-year old Nica Salazar this year. But the BBEAL executive committee deferred the proposal.
“We were able to execute yung plays name kaso andami naming unforced errord. Parang nagmamdali yung team,” said coach Clarissa Tolentino.
SLU improved to a 2-1 win-loss slate, while UC, which seeks its title after two frustrating years after a six year dynastic reign, evened out at 1-1.
Meanwhile, UB improved to 2-0 after dealing Pines City College a 25-4, 25-5, 25-4 trashing after their recent fourth set victory over rival SLU.
In men's competition, three-time defending champion SLU and last year's losing finalist Cordillera Career Development College are at the top with identical 3-0 card.
UC comes in second with 2-0 card, followed by UB which has a 1-1 slate. Baguio Central University is fifth with a 1-2 card, while Philippine Military and University of the Philippines Baguio are winless in two games and the Baguio College Technology is at the cellar with a 0-3 card.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 10, 2013.