City High spikers seize volley title

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Saturday, August 2, 2014


DEAFENING roars and applause from hundreds of spectators greeted hometown favorite Davao City National High School (DCNHS) after upstaging Visayan Village-Tagum, 25-22, 19-25, 18-25, 26-24, 15-13 in a thrilling 1st Pinay National Volleyball League-Davao leg championship clash at the Almendras Gym Davao City Recreation Center late Thursday afternoon.

City High spikers became emotional having pulled off the hard-fought win against their arch-rivals whom they played with in Shakey's V-League, Batang Pinoy-Mindanao, Milo and Batang Pinoy National.

It was a tight match from the start as both teams figured in 20 deadlocks in all five sets.

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DCNHS recovered from its miscues to claim the first set behind the convincing set-up plays designed for high-leaping spikers Lycha Ebon and Lyle Barrida Amora.

Tagum's May Luna combined forces with Isabel Celis, Valerie Faye Mesiona, Ivy Lozada, and Sheila Mariano who fueled a 10-7 start in the second set.

DCNHS struggled to keep up with the tempo as Tagum's Chrizzelle Caasi connected on four straight hitters that was orchestrated by setter Mesiona to take the second set.

Tagum kept the momentum with Caasi and Luna unleashing powerful bombs that broke through DCNHS's defense. Caasi posted seven attacks to lift Tagum's 2-1 lead in the match.

DCNHS coach Cristy Balbon, meanwhile, reminded her team to to go back to their set plays and stop giving Tagum free balls.

The visitors lost their composure after Caasi who rested late in the fourth set, allowing the Dabawenyas to come back behind the efforts of Amora and Ebon and to also force a decider.

DCNHS spikers, motivated by hundreds of spectators from the bleachers, lived up to their billing to survive the last set and crown themselves champion.

Tagum coach Felanie Caasi, for her part, said both teams have long been playing against each other, thus, resulting to a close game.

"I'm still proud of my girls bagging the runner-up honors in the tournament and after this one we will continue to train hard for the Shakey V-League this month," coach Caasi said.

Special awards were awarded to Lycha C. Ebon as the most valuable player (MVP), Caasi (best scorer), May Luna (best attacker), Nichole Sasuman (best blocker), Valerie Faye Mesiona (best setter), Jessa Faye Monteposo (best server) and Gueneveve Jane Cabrera (best libero). They all received medals.

Assumption College of Davao, meanwhile, came from behind to beat Holy Cross College of Sasa, 18-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-19, to settle for bronze.

The tournament was organized by the Philippine Volleyball Federation (PVF) in cooperation with 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 August 02, 2014.

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