PSC Pinay MVP Ebon is efficient as a Glock .45

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By Romy Sabaldan

Davao Beat

Sunday, August 3, 2014


LYCHA EBON was only a frail, bony slingshot when she started training in our fold.

Christopher Lawrence Go one day even alerted the staff of LingapSaMahirap to help Ebon go through the process of treating a minor anemia at the SPMC.

If Glenda Gregg Agang was a slugger whom I love to call as a snub-nosed Magnum 44, Ebon today is the finer version and efficient as the sport shooting G41 .45 auto in her attacks and power spikes.

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The executive assistant of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was mainly responsible for opening the doors to the Philippine Sports Commission – Women In Sports program of Commissioner Akiko Thomson. Implementation of the flagship program in volleyball here in the big city was headed by lawyer Jay Alano, PSC Executive Director.

Basketball lends a helping hand to volleyball, one of the most popularly developing sports in the Davao Region as of Thursday, July 31, 2014 when LychaCrisanto Ebon was crowned Most Valuable Player working as the main gunner of the historic first PSC Pinay National Volleyball League 2014 champion Davao City National High School.

What made the DCNHS team captain victory even sweeter was that the crucible win came at a time when Davao was behind in all fronts and the raucous, highly partisan DCRC gym crowd have started to lose hopes and silenced by the consistent pounding of tall, highly-trained Best Attacker May Luna and sturdy Best Scorer ChrizCaasi. Luna is also skipper of the toughest, most gallant volleyball girls team of the country and 2013 national champion of BatangPinoy Games Tagum City National High School.

If you had seen the lanky beanpole Almonte, that girl is the improved throwback version of Ebon. Lucille “Astig” Almonte has intimidated them making her presence felt by penetrating the tight first-ball defense of the opponent in a number of darting, sharp kills.

At the resumption of the elimination rounds Tuesday, the high-leaping Lyle Darren BarridaAmora was a great discovery as the main spiker in place of Best Blocker Nicole Sasuman. Amora issued the initial tournament-high 18 points blanking Saint Peter College of Toril in the best of three sets preliminary rounds. Her performance was good for 4 service aces and 4 block shots and the beautifully executed running attacks she copied from Maika Ortiz of the Philippine Air Force.

It was charming Khem, who staved off a possible sudden death 3 sets to 1 in the fourth set thru heroic saves and excellent digs against a steaming Mesiona-Caasi-Luna setting and power spiking trio.

Only 14 years old, Khem looks like the oversized version of SVL and UAAP most bemedalled hero Mary Jean Balse, who also started volleyball in Davao del Norte.

I christened Khem, Tala the fatherless. It is her moniker for Star and from the place Talaingod where we extracted her so she can continue her studies and play volleyball after her father was shot to death.

Khem “Tala” Consencino herself made a lot of crucial hits that kept City Hi hopes alive with the hard-earned penultimate win 24-26 bringing the showdown at full length 15-13 in the deciding fifth and final set.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 04, 2014.

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