Tagum spikers cop 3rd win

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014


THE Visayan Village-Tagum spikers cruised past Sta. Ana National High School (SANHS), 25-11, 25-20 to grab their straight win in yesterday's resumption of the 1st Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Pinay National Volleyball League-Davao leg at the Almendras Gym Davao City Recreation Center.

Tagum team captain May Duna and her teammates combined efforts to score 14 of their 25 points from their set-up attacks, taking advantage of Sta. Ana's series of crucial errors at the start of the first set.

SANHS coach Jeffrey T. Cadungog, before going into the second set, instructed team captain Rina Banua and ace player Josephine Claros to communicate on the court. Inspired by the cheers from their supporters, Banua and Claros willed the team to a commanding 8-0 lead on the second set.

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But Duna, a former most valuable player (MVP) awardee in last year's Batang Pinoy competition in Bacolod City, spearheaded a rally for Tagum to bounce back and sweep the match.

Tagum coach Felannie M. Caasi, in an interview with Sun.Star Davao at the sidelines of the volleyball tournament, said she is confident that her team will make it to the finals.

"So far fresh yung start ng team especially 3-0 ang record. Although mas malakas yung team namin last year kasi nakapag-prepare kami, I believe na makakaabot pa rin kami sa championship," Caasi added.

Assumption College of Davao (ACD), meanwhile, turned back University of Immaculate of Conception (UIC)-B, 25-5,25-14.

UIC-B tried to get things started by setting up go-to-player Shane Amosolo for attacks but she failed to deliver. ACD answered with its own offensives to take a 10-0 burst en-route to claiming the first.

Both teams, however, figured in five deadlocks and five lead changes at the start of the second set but ACD kept its momentum behind Danielle Beterbo's high-arching attacks to secure the match.

ACD Coach Ruel Larutin, in a separate interview, said his players relaxed at the start of the second, giving UIC-B a chance to lead.

He said they have started training since last summer and that their hardwork paid off as they nailed a first win in two outings.

Games resume at 8 a.m. today in the Philippine Volleyball Federation (PVF)-sanctioned meet that presented by PSC Commissioner Akiko Thomson and supported by Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte in coordination with the Sports Development Division of the City Mayor's Office and Mayor Duterte's executive assistant Christopher "Bong" Go.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 30, 2014.

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