Lady Cards grab game 1 in women’s volleyball-A A +A
Sunday, October 6, 2013
UNIVERSITY of Baguio pounced on Saint Louis University to draw first blood in game one of the best of three series in women’s volleyball of the Baguio – Benguet Educational athletic League season 27.
The Lady Cardinals continued their mastery over the defending champion with three straight set victory, 25-14, 27-25, 25-22 at the SLU Prince Bernhard gym Friday afternoon.
Joan Lunday punctuated yet another sterling performance with 11 points to set the tone for the Lady Cardinals championship bid. “Masaya kami na nakuha namin ang unang game, hindi na namin inisip na kokonti ang crowd namin basta naglaro lang kami at yun nag-paid off naman,” said Lunday.
With the victory, the Lady Cardinals are just a win away from winning the crown they last held in 2011, where they also beat SLU in two games. Lady Cardinals coach Jun Nisperos was confident his team could get past the Lady Navigators despite the homecourt advantage.
“We are in the move right now, hindi namin iniisip na malaking factor na nasa homecourt disadvantage kami I just told the ladies to play and do their best,”said Nisperos.
“Kung ibabase sa recent game ng basketball wala nang epekto ang homecourt sa mga players eh, basta pag-igihan ang laro, do our best ganun lang angmotivation ko sa mga players ko,” Nisperos added.
The Navigators found no luck defending their homecourt with errors as UB came away with a nine point lead to finish the first set.
But SLU was not easily shaken off by the first set loss and was able to tie the game eight times in the second set but failed to sustain their efforts at the close of the second set to fall behind at 0-2
The Lady Cardinals then seized momentum to score another repeat over the reigning ladies titlist following their three set win during the eliminations round.
"As much as possible ayaw na naming pahabain pa 'yung laro until game three, kung kakayanin tatapusin na agad namin," added Lunday.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 07, 2013.