NU scores three-peat, UP bags women’s crown-A A +A
Monday, June 2, 2014
NATIONAL University scored a three peat in the men’s side while the University of the Philippines fought tooth and nail to win the ladies crown at the close of the 2014 PVF National Intercollegiate Volleyball Championships closed at the at SLU Prince Bernard gym.
The NU Bulldogs ended their magical ride brushing off Emilio Aguinaldo College 27-25, 25-23, 25-23 during their championship match
Sweeping the eliminations round, the UAAP men’s volleyball champion dominated the competition and stayed perfect until the semis to march to the finals for the third straight year.
The Lady Maroons meanwhile escaped the gritty squad of Lyceum of the Philippines University-Laguna 25-12, 20-25, 25-14, 21-25, 16-14.
UP-Diliman, last year’s runner-up, finally nailed its first championship in the tournament with former champion De La Salle University out of the picture.
Nicole Tiamzon (UP) became the best female standout as she was given the most valuable player award, while Peter Den Torres (NU) took charge of his team bagging the same honor in the men’s division.
Marie Sheila Cecilio (LPU-Manila) and Israel Encina (EAC) were named best servers, Alanee Paredes (NCBA) and Geffard Escobido (LPU-Manila) were awarded the best receivers, while Kathy Bersola (UP-Diliman) and Ruben Baysac Jr. (NU) stopped for the best blocker award.
Jewel Lai (UP-Diliman) and Vincent Raphael Mangulabna (NU) scored the best male and female setters, whereas Princess Ira Gaizer (UP) and Juvie Manganing (EAC) landed with the best libero awards.
Jerry Yee (UP) and Dante Alinsunurin (NU) were both regarded as the best coaches for female and male accordingly.
A total of 13 teams in the men’s division and nine equally competitive squads in the women battled for top honors in a week-long tournament housed at Cordillera Career Development College, Benguet State University, and SLU.
Other teams who participated in the event include Adamson University, Philippine Women’s University, and National College of Business and Arts, University of Assumption, Bicol State University, Holy Angels State University, and Lyceum of the Philippines University (Manila).
Local squads seen during the competition were Saint Louis University and the University of Baguio.
The tournament backed by the Philippine Volleyball Federation aims to be a grassroots development program creating opportunities for students to showcase and enhance their volleyball skills and abilities.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on June 03, 2014.