THE Harbor Pilot Lady Duckers asserted their mastery over the University of Southern Philippines-Foundation (USP-F), winning in straight sets 25-18, 25-16, 25-16, in the championship game of the 2019 Enrique Villanueva Open Women’s Volleyball Tournament on Monday, July 10, 2019, in Siquijor.
Harbor Pilot, composed of alumni players from Southwestern University (SWU) and a player from University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R), finished the tournament with an undefeated record.
Harbor Pilot, which was led by former Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) MVP Therese Rae Ramas, showed experience in the first set with a seven-point win, 25-18.
The Duckers did not let down in the next two sets with a convincing 25-16 in the second set before finishing off the USP-F in the third set with another 25-16 score.
Harbor Pilot lost key players in former USJ-R Lady Jaguar Maria Abigail Praca and Renee Coleen Gimeno to injuries during the tournament but showed its depth to sweep the best-of-five sets championship.
Harbor Pilot, an active sports team from Oroquieta City, bagged the coveted crown and the P30,000 cash purse.
Ramas won the tournament’s MVP honors and the Best Setter plum, while Praca, former Cesafi All-Star Dij Rodriguez and Sheena Abegael Quiño were named Best Middle Blocker, Best Outside Hitter, and Best Setter, respectively
Meanwhile, the SWU-Phinma Lady Cobras finished at third place after defeating the defending champions University of Negros Occidental - Recoletos, 25-22, 18-25, 25-18, 25-20. (RSC with PR)