USJ-R beats Ateneo in Shakey’s-A A +A
Monday, January 13, 2014
CENTRAL Visayas, bannered by University of San Jose-Recoletos, won its Pool B debut, dispatching Ateneo de Davao of Mindanao in straight sets, 25-19, 25-18 in the Shakey’s Girls Volley Tournament of Champions at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.
Represented by Hope Christian High School, the Metro Manila titlists took some time to get going against the bets from Baguio City National High School but regained their form in the second and third sets to escape with the win in Pool A.
“We haven’t had much practice with our two guest players – Marian Buitre and Eden Maturan –yet and it showed in our slow start. But fortunately we clicked in the second and third sets,” said NCR coach Jerry Yee in Pilipino.
The 11th staging of the tournament, which also features two foreign teams in New Zealand and Victoria from Australia, opened with Shakey’s marketing manager Barbie Ocampo and Philippine Sports Commission chairman Richie Garcia in attendance.
The New Zealanders are playing the Southern Luzon leg champions La Salle-Lipa and the Aussies were battling the Western Visayas titlists University of San Jose-Recoletos at presstime.
Central Visayas stormed to a 12-2 lead in the opening frame but fell into a spate of errors, allowing Mindanao to catch up at 15-15 and even wrest the lead at 18-17.
But a timely timeout arrested Central Visayas’ mild skid and the Cebuanas came out of the huddle firing, winning eight of the next nine points to take the first set. They sustained the form in the second to secure the triumph. (PR)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 14, 2014.