City Hall nips Itogon-A A +A
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
TEAM CITY Hall bucked a second set meltdown to escape Team Itogon in women’s volleyball of the 1st Domogan Cup Baguio – Benguet Inter Employee Volleyball Tournament at the Saint Vincent gym Tuesday afternoon.
Team City Hall delivered a 25-10, 19-25, 25-19 win to strengthen their reputation in the on-going eliminations round of the tournament.
Racquel Lamen held the fort for the City Hall lady spikers punctuating 16 points as team captain Mars Nubaten said the team were able to play their game despite a second set loss.
“Overall okay naman ang naging laro kanina, nagkaroon lang nang paninibago sa rotation sa second set kaya nahabol kami sa score pero overall okay since nakuha ang decision game,”said Nibaten.
Team City Hall never wasted their chance in leading their opponents early by dominating the offensive attacks leaving Team Itogon unfastened with their defense during set one.
Team City Hall carried their relentless scoring in the early part of the second set but Team Itogon rallied and tied the ball game at 18 before unleashing a 7-1 run to even the game at one set a piece.
Itogon’s Cindy Lois Labawig stepped-up her game scoring five points including two service ace to put her team ahead, 12-13.
With their backs against the wall, Lamen and Sharonel Chan came up with nine big points donw the stretch to rally for the win.
“Nahirapan din kami against sa kabilang team since maganda rin ang depensa nila and during the second set nagadjust din sila sa offense, pero overall okay naman sa next na laro ganun pa rin kelangan ng better teamwork,”Lamen said.
Team Itogon coach Edwin Carrantes said his team could have had a better chance to win during the ball game.
“Masyadong maigsi kasi ang sets ng laban, kung sana mas mahaba pa we can still do better adjustments and catch the victory,” said Carrantes.
“Pero anyway hindi lang naman yung manalo ang pinunta natin dito, ang importante we enjoyed playing at nakapag-bond sa mga kaibigan,” Carrantes added.
The Domogan Cup Baguio – Benguet Inter Employee Volleyball Tournament is organized by the Philippine Volleyball Federation in partnership with the City Sports Office as part of the 104th celebration of Baguio City’s charter anniversary.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 10, 2013.