Reclaiming lost glory-A A +A
Saturday, October 12, 2013
IT WASN'T the exhilarating championship match that everyone expected as Southwestern University (SWU) manhandled Cebu Doctors’ University (CDU) in the women’s tertiary division of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. volleyball tournament in three sets.
The SWU women’s tertiary division squad regained the crown that it held for three years after beating CDU, 25-18, 25-16, 24-21, yesterday at the Aznar Coliseum. The Lady Cobras were champions from 2009 to 2011 before bowing down to University of San Carlos last year.
“We are very happy that we got the title that we lost last year. We really trained hard for this. Since the start, we were really determined to grab the title,” said SWU coach Jordan Paca, whose secondary division women’s team also won the championship last Thursday.
The Lady Cobras got off to a hot start with the impressive offensive display of spiker Sheena Quino and towering Marlyn Llagoso’s blocking defense.
CDU kept it close in the first set but SWU was too hot to handle.
CDU’s woes continued in the second set, giving SWU easy points early on with crucial mistakes. SWU kept on pressing the attack with powerful spikes that would either hit the ground straight on or would go out-of-bounds after bouncing from the receiver’s hands.
SWU’s service errors and miscommunication would keep the fight close but it was still all Lady Cobras in the second set.
Coach Paca sent in his reserves in the third set and gave them an opportunity to showcase their wares.
“I gave my second stringers a chance. Based on personnel, CDU is weaker than us,” he said.
The second stringers did a better job than the starters in the third set, going 5-0 with three service aces from Therese Ramas and then going 10-1 after another ace by Loida Abellana.
After being behind by 10 points, 12-2, CDU slowly crawled back up from a service error and spikes that would go out-of-bounds. CDU went as close as six points, 12-6.
But SWU would regain its composure, with Dyan Darantinao carrying the offensive load of her team, which got the lead back up to 10, 18-8.
CDU would rally back with five unanswered points from errors by SWU and a 9-3 run to cut down the lead to just three, 24-21.
However, Darantinao would nail a forceful spike that hit the floor directly to clinch the victory.
On the other hand, University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) won third place after beating University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF), 25-22, 25-19, 19-25, 25-21.
Today, USJ-R takes on USPF in the second game of the men’s tertiary division championship, while SWU faces University of the Visayas for third place honors at 1 p.m. at the USJ-R Basak Gym.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 13, 2013.