UNIVERSITY of Baguio Lady Cardinals pulled off a surprise with a decent third place finish but the National University Lady Bullpups stole the limelight sweeping the competition and win the women’s crown of the PVF National Inter-Collegiate Men’s and Women’s Volleyball Championship Thursday at the University of the Cordilleras.
The Lady Cardinals survived a gritty Lyceum of the Philippines University in another five-setter for the two squads to salvage third place.
The 19-25, 25-21, 31-33, 25-21, 15-2 victory was a bitter sweet win for the Lady Cardinals when the Lady Pirates walked out due to spotty calls.
UB was leading 8-2 as the two squads were about to change court but LPU refused to play leading tournament officials to declare the local team winner.
During the third set, it was UB which threatened to pull out of the game as the two squads changed leads with LPU finally pulling a winner.
LPU appeared to be heading to avenge its eliminations defeat when it led 4-0, but UB fought back to take a 20-18 lead and never looked back.
The Lady Bullpups meanwhile cruised to a no sweat 25-20, 25-20, 25-18 victory over National Collegiate Atheltic Association Champion Arellano University Lady Chiefs with Faith Nisperos named the tourney’s MVP beating fellow Bullpup Princess Robles.
The Bullpups were allowed to join to help the team improve and prepare them for other competitions including international, said officiating head Yul Benosa, former coach of the host’s volleyball teams and later athletic director.
But the lasses instead dominated with four sets win on AU, UB and UC and a sweep of NCBA during the3rd Pedro R. Mendoza Memorial Cup which saw only six teams in the women’s side and eight in the men’s.
“We really learned from our one set setback during the eliminations. We have to work as a group at pinagaralan namin ang aming mga pagkakamali (during our first meeting),” said Robles.
“The kids performed way above our expectations,” summed coach Raymund Castillo. “We are on the right track for our preparation for the UAAP. Our mission is not to win but to improve as a team.”
Adamson Falcons, meanwhile, won in straight sets over surprise finalist National College of Business Arts to top the men’s contest.
NBCA earned a ticket to the finals after scoring an upset against bracket A leader Mapua University. Mapua, erstwhile an Institute of Technology, gained its university status also on the same day, salvaged third place by beating host UC in three sets. (Roderick Osis)
Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on May 20, 2017.
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