Jags stop Cards; arrange duel with SLU in men’s volley finals-A A +A
Monday, September 30, 2013
UNIVERSITY of the Cordilleras clobbered University of Baguio to strengthen their championship bid in men’s volleyball of the Baguio – Benguet Educational Athletic League season 27.
The Jaguars dropped down a tight three-setter against the Cardinals, 25-22, 26-24, 25-20, to advance in the finals game at the SLU Prince Bernhard gym Friday evening.
The Jaguars rallied behind Cesar Cadwising’s 12 hits and three blocks, which helped dominate their equally talented rival and secure a spot in the championship.
Jaguars head coach Henry Esquejo was happy with the team’s victory saying they have prepared enough to win against the Cardinals.
“Nagprepare kami ng husto for this, at tulad nang sabi nila bilog ang bola siguro ay itinadhana na manalo kami ngayon,” said Esquejo.
“After na matalo kami against SLU, mas naging challenge yun para sa team na pumunta at makabawi sa finals,” added Esquejo.
It was a close battle between the teams, as the first set fired up in a see-saw lead that only stopped when the Jaguars’ Randy Gallardo and Janssen Tablang were able to force errors against UB.
UC carried their fiery start from the earlier set to rally an early 8-4 run on set two, but it was Edward Reyes and Reggie Apolonio who carved nine points stepping-up for UB and tie the game ball at 14.
From then, UB tried to hold grip and steal the lead from the Jaguars but they found no luck as UC dictated the phase of the game running from a deuce and securing a 2-0 edge.
The Cardinals staged a huge comeback in the third set as Reyes and Apolonio tried to dominate the floor by raining the ball down to their opponent.
But the Jaguars wanted to finish the game early and scored a 20-11 run, stopping the ball behind the net that gave frustration to the competition.
“Masaya ako sa panalo namin lalo na at nakita ko ang tapang ng mga team mates ko na lumaban against sa UB, unlike kasi noong unang match-up namin napag-bigyan pa namin sila ng isang set,” Cadwising said.
“Siguro sa finals dapat lang na tapangan pa namin since yoon yung nakita samin against sa kalaban, na madali kaming bumigay noong panahon na dikdikan na ang laro,” Cadwising added.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 01, 2013.