Unbeaten MisOcc, Iligan storm to semifinal round

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Friday, July 11, 2014


VISITING teams Misamis Occidental National High School and Iligan NHS showed they really mean business as they come here for the first ever Shakey’s Girls’ Volleyball League in Northern Mindanao.

Both Iligan and MisOcc yesterday posted contrasting wins to sweep their respective brackets and move to the semifinal round set to start this morning (9 am) at the Nazareth gym.

Besting Dapitan, 25-15, 25-21 to match MisOcc’s 4-0 record, Iligan expects CdeO’s Corpus Christi (still battling Carmen NHS as of presstime) in the semifinals.

Tournament director Johanz Danyz Buenvenida said the championship game will be played later in the afternoon after the 1-p.m. fight for third place.

“Obviously, we’re superior than Carmen. But in the event of an upset loss, i think kami gihapon ang madala sa next round on the strength of our higher quotient points in case of a tiebreaker,” CCS coach Alex Adeva told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro.

Opening day sensation Xavier University High School initially flirted with a possible meeting with the unbeaten MisOcc in the other half of the crossover matches after overpowering Libertad NHS in the first set, 25-21 of their most important game in the elimination round.

Powered by guest player Kate Serina, the Lady Crusaders crawled back from 18-21 deficit to even take the lead, 24-23 via a clever flick by Freyzelle Micabalo off to the net’s right corner at the outset of the second set.

But Libertad of coach Jennifer Abut and assistant coach Nino dela Cruz persevered to knot the score, 24-all and got the better of the host squad in the ensuing “add 2” struggle, 26-24.

It was never the same in the deciding third set as Palaro veteran Chrislyn Uy was back in her usual self. Encouraging her teammates to just play defense, the do-it-all Uy gamely takes good care of the rest to tow Libertad to a convincing 25-14 finish.

“She (Uy) was a workhorse on the court. Mo-atras naman, modepensa, mo-set, mopalo siya gyod ang heart and soul of Libertad,” said Mocova president Atty. Cancio “Pogi” Guibone.

As of this writing, the Lady Crusaders were playing with the Erika Raagas-led St. Mary’s School with the hope of a graceful exit, followed by the bearing duel between Corpus Christi and Carmen NHS.

“We’re already at the doorsteps of closing the game against Libertad in the second set but there were crucial calls,” said XUHS coach Angelis Anoos, adding “the defense also collapsed..the setter, the blockers were suddenly out of order when the goings get tough.”

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 11, 2014.

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