Davraa spikers cruise to finals

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Friday, May 9, 2014

STA. CRUZ, Laguna - Davao Region Athletic Association (Davraa) secondary girls team cruised to the championship after beating Central Luzon, 25-23, 17-25, 25-18 in their semi-finals at the Laguna Sports Complex Main Gymnasium 4 here yesterday.

Both teams were aggressive, engaging in a see-saw battle but the Kirk Mojica-coached Davraa spikers kept their fiery form to survive then first set. Succumbing to crucial errors, however, Davraa lost the second set to force a decision.

Mojica's wards tightened defense and unleashed ferocious attacks to snatch a 20-9 advantage behind Patria Jela Peña, Solamite Dizon and Karyn Trisha Bacon.


Central Luzon crawled back at 16-23 as Davraa made few miscues. But Davra's Alyssa Aldwin Alterado's ace serves foiled Central Luzon's rally en-route to win the game and a ticket to the gold medal match.

Mojica was elated by the victory, saying that he was confident they will pull through after the second set loss.

“Sobrang sarap kaayo ang feeling nakaabot gyud mi sa championship , nahimo pang thrilling kay nakuha nila ang ikaduhang set pero kampante gihapon ko (It's a sweet feeling to make it into the finals. It was made more thrilling having lost the second set but I was confident)," Mojica said in an interview with Sun.Star Superbalita.

He looked forward to playing the National Capital Region (NCR) in the finals but the latter was still playing Western Visayas in the other semi-final match as of yesterday presstime.

"Dream na gyud sa mga bata ang NCR makalaban kay hatagan gyud nila og nindot dula ugma bisan ingon nila taga-probinsya ta parehas sa gihimo sa Agilas sa Shakey’s (It's been a dream of the girls to play NCR and put up a great game and perhaps pull off surprises just like the Lady Agilas did in the Shakey's V-League)," he added.

Peña, for her part, said they don't want to keep their expectations high in the finals, saying, "Mag-enjoy lang kami bukas. Bigyan sila ng good game kasi mataas na rin ang narating namin. No pressure lang.”

Also completing the Davraa cast are Jubilee Therese Acosta, Katherine Gayle Bermudez, Carol Joy Concon, Samantha Nicole Dizon, Nicole Margarette Frando, Madelene Yrenea Madayag,Allia Paula Maspinas,Catherine Jane Santos ug Erika Velasquez.

In football, Davraa's elementary squad bowed to Calabarzon, 1-2, in Friday's semi-finals at the University of the Philippines Los Baños on the heels of a rousing 6-0 win over Cordillera Autonomous Region in the quarter-finals.

The seconday booters, however, lost to Zamboanga Peninsula, 3-4, in the quarter-finals Thursday after a 1-0 win over Eastern Visayas in the last game of the eliminations.

Coach Abing Lim, in text messages to Sun.Star Davao, said, "Naka bunch back second half, 3-1, pero fatigue factor pumasok. We played four games with less than 24 hours rest (in between game). Kawawa ang mga bata gustong lumaban di na kaya ng body."

Over at the Capitol Compound, Davraa boxers Ven Joshua Vanguardia and Paul Julyfer Bascon booked seats in the finals after beating their respective semis foes.

Vanguardia defeated Jovani Dulce of Ilocos Region in secondary boys junior pinweight class while Bascon outclassed Central Visayas pug Junrel Jimenez in youth boys light flyweight event.

Davraa's secondary girls basketball team advanced into the semis after subduing Ilocos dribblers, 83-79, in the quarter-finals.

The secondary boys sepak takraw team also stretched its winning streak to six having bested Western Visayas, 36-42, 42-35, 42-30. (With a report from MLSAbalayan)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 10, 2014.


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