THE Davao Region boys and girls teams clinched silver medals in the National Prisaa Games 2019 table tennis competition at the Davao Doctors College gym in Davao City yesterday.
Davao bowed to Western Visayas, 0-2, in boys team finals. Davao’s Leonardo Michael Jalandoni succumbed to Miel Gayoso of Western Visayas, 8-11, 3-11, 2-11, in first single while Aldro John Dante and Christian Jay Montero absorbed a heartbreaking loss from John Baria and Joshua Chavez, 11-8, 5-11, 13-11, 8-11, 5-11, in doubles.
Northern Mindanao placed third while Mimaropa Region finished fourth.
In the girls team event, Davao fell at the hands of Western Visayas, 0-2, with Kerstine Clauneth Peralta losing to Jan Ashley Vicencio, 6-11, 6-11, 2-11, in first single while Jinky Aberca and Gracezel Gutierrez could not get their acts together having been beaten by Leena Marie Oliva and Clarissa Gomez, 0-11, 5-11, 4-11.
The singles and doubles competition were ongoing as of yesterday presstime.
Meanwhile, the Davao men’s volleyball team, silver medalist in Bohol last year, grabbed the top spot of pool B with a clean 4-0 sweep after whipping Ilocos in three straigth sets yesterday afternoon at the University of Mindanao (UM) covered court in Matina.
Head coach Jhonathan Vanta said in the vernacular, “We still don’t know who we will play in tomorrow’s (today, May 23) quarterfinals since there are still four games left in the elimination round.”
The Davao spikers also survived past Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), 19-25, 23-25, 25-11, 25-9, 15-6, Tuesday afternoon after defeating Northern Mindanao and Central Visayas Monday.
“There is much pressure playing on homecourt,” Vanta added.
However, Western Visayas spikers spanked Davao, 28-30, 19-25, 25-15, 25-16, 2018, in the women’s event. The Dabawenyas, however, will still advance to the quarterfinals despite the loss for placing second in their group.
The National Prisaa Games is supported by the City Government of Davao, Philippine Sports Commission, Department of Education and Commission on Higher Education.
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