Sabaldan: Davao City NHS loses title bid but wins the heart of Davao Light

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By Romy Sabaldan

Davao Beat

Sunday, February 16, 2014

THE Davao City National High School Girls Volleyball Team went back home trying to disengage themselves from their heartbreaking losses in the recent POC-PSC Batang Pinoy Games in Bacolod City.

Fresh from a more challenging national games in the Visayas, the 4-time Mindanao champions found a hapless victim in Jose Maria College surrendering only a few points in errors at the service area and backline attacks but nevertheless winning all sets from the inexperienced JMC Monarchs over the weekend at the Philippine Nikkie Jin Kai volleyball gym in Lanang, Davao City.

The second staging this year of the regional WNCAA (Women National Collegiate Athletic Association) organized and managed by Balebolista de Dabaw also has another weekend surprise with most improved team Assumption College of Davao beating in another preliminary event the more seasoned Sta. Ana National High School. ACD was trailing by as much as five points in the final set but was able to catch up with the SANHS in a series of fast and effective backrow gliding attacks. Not only that, Assumption brought with them their parents as cheering squads.


Abet Bernan, president of Balebolista de Dabaw, is looking for a more strategic location for the weekend warriors and offers the DCNHS GVT the homecourt advantage against championship contender Cor Jesu College of Davao del Sur. All that Coach Abet can do is write a letter to George Wong, Principal IV of the city’s biggest national high school and check on the availability of the facility since the Davraa quartering is over and done with.

We would like to congratulate Tagum City National High School, Coach Caasi and the team for bringing home its first national volleyball championship title in the reactivated Batang Pinoy Games of the Philippine Olympic Committee and the Philippine Sports Commission.

Davao City NHS dealt Tagum City NHS its third straight losses in as many encounters, two in the previoust SGVL regional in Davao City and the most recent win in the round-robin elimination rounds of Batang Pinoy. Davao City lost steam in the remaining games against the taller NCR and Iligan City teams among top four finishers and lost the title bid in the process to Tagum City which in turn humbled a gallant Iligan City team during the championship.

Davao City NHS landing in the top four finishers was good enough for a team that was trying to cope with the transfer of their all-important setter Rica Diolan to the National University High School volleyball team.

Capping Davao Region’s campaign in the Batang Pinoy is the awarding of Tagum City’s May Luna as the Most Valuable Player, Best Attacker and Best Blocker. Tagum, which represents DavNor in the national games, also grabbed the Best Setter award by Valerie Faye Mesiona and Best Defense Specialist/Libero went to Geunuvere Jane Cabrera.

The two-coach, 8-player team of the Davao City NHS, went to Bacolod City via Cagayan de Oro City on the same Aboitiz-owned shipping line with the help of Davao Light and Power Company.

The DCNHS coaching staff and Parent-Teachers Association wish to express sincere thanks to Bobby Orig and the Davao Light and Power Company through the ever present help and good community PR of Assistant Vice-President for Corporate Communications Ross Luga. Coach Soledad Torino also would like to thank those who missed the trip to Bacolod in order to contribute to the needs of the team.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 17, 2014.


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