SWU Cobras win Cesafi girls volley crown-A A +A
Thursday, October 10, 2013
AFTER being just second best a season ago, Southwestern University’s (SWU) persistence and hard work finally paid off after winning it all easily this year.
The Baby Cobra’s unleashed its venom with its relentless attack to capture this year’s secondary division crown of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. volleyball tournament by sweeping the University of San Carlos (USC) in two short setsm 25-16, 25-19.
“Our players had a great game. Our practices paid off. They did everything and trained hard in practice and they achieved it in the actual game. I think their performance was better in this game than in our previous games,” an elated SWU coach Jordan Paca told Sun.Star Cebu after the match.
The match was tight early on in the first set with USC keeping it close. After being tied at 10-10, SWU pulled away with five unanswered points from USC errors.
USC cut down the lead to just four points, 20-16, but SWU scored five straight points
owing to SWU’s stifling defense and intelligent plays by towering SWU blocker Lorene Toring to win the opening set.
SWU started off hot in the second set owing to the emphatic spikes of Karen Derder and Marianne Calinawan. SWU easily built up a seven-point lead, 13-6, before SC crawled back up and cut it down to just four, 14-10.
SWU’s lead, however, ballooned to 10 points, 21-11, after an impressive offensive showing by Derder. But USC refused to buck down and trimmed down the lead, 21-18, after a 7-0 run.
SWU kept its composure to be at match point, 24-19, behind a thunderous spike from Calinawan.
USC’s Rhea Fuentes handed the win to SWU after a service error.
The University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) snagged third place honors after beating Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu (SHS-AdC).
USJ-R easily took the first set, 25-13, but SHS-AdC would come roaring back and take the second set, 26-24. USJ-R then bounced back to win the game in the third set 25-17.
Meanwhile, the other day, the USJ-R men’s team crushed the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) in a five thrilling set, 25-20, 19-25, 25-23, 15-25, 15-10 to draw first blood of the best-of-three finals series of the the men’s division at the USJ-R Basak Campus Gym.
USJ-R took the first set behind the aggressive attacks of Mark Joseph “Macoy” Rocamora and Kevin Labay accompanied by the solid blocks from Paolo Antigua Perez and Owen Belen, denying the powerful attacks of USPF’s Edmar Bonono.
However, the Panthers fought back in the second set to win and even the match.
The Jaguars fiercely took the third set with the incredible sets of Mark Petancio and power play from James Lawas and Jan Pelayo. But USPF once more scored the equalizer winning the fourth set to extend the match to a deciding fifth set.
USJ-R head coach Grace Antigua said that she was overwhelmed that they won the first game but for her it’s just the beginning of their quest for this season’s title as they face the USPF in the second game still at USJR Basak-Gym.
“It was a team effort. But the secon game is very crucial and we will make some adjustments with our set plays. I am hoping that the team would put more effort in the teamwork and we are hoping for the best,” said Antigua.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 11, 2013.