PhilHealth wallops Itogon for decent third place finish

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Monday, December 2, 2013

DESPITE failing to vie for the championship title, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation still made it to the final four to overthrow Team Itogon and salvage third place honors at the close of the 1st Domogan Cup Baguio Benguet Inter Employee Voleyball Tournament 2013.

PhilHealth leaned towards Augie Perl Simangan's game high of 49 points in carving out a hard earned 25-17, 25-13, 20-25, 21-25, 15-8, against Itogon at the St. Vincent gym.

PhilHealth head coach Karen Bete said they expected a tough game against Itogon.

"Since battle for third place na, dapat physically at mentally prepared ang team, kailangan simula pa lang i-dominate na ang floor," Bete said.

The PhilHealth volleybelles roared to their opponents during the first set as they keep control of the ballgames offense and continued to push the game against team Itogon during the second set as Simangan and Leizle Anongos chipped in 12 points that snatched them the two set advantage.

But the Itogon lady smashers bounced back set as Cindy Lois Libawig and Thelma Bentres stepped up their game that stopped PhilHealth into sealing the victory.

PhilHealth tried to limit the game in the fourth set but found their efforts unfortunate as the squad succumbs to Itogon's Libawig, Bentres and Cherry Anne Carrantes to reach a deciding fifth set.

The Itogon lady smashers tried to keep the momentum at the start of the fifth set but PhilHealth took an early lead as Simangan fired five straight aces that put the score 5-0.

Itogon held on to the game and answered in the offense with Libawig leading her team, 5-3.

But that was the last hurrah for Itogon as Simangan rained down the last nine points to close the game in a classic finish.

"Masaya ang team na at least nakapasok kami sa top three which is not really a big deal," said Simangan.

"Not all the time maganda ang game ng bawat isa sa team kahit ako I have my moments, minsan nasa aming lahat momentum, minsan wala," Simangan added.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 03, 2013.


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