Tagumspikers take fourth win

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

HEAVY favorite Tagum City National High School (TCNHS) grabbed its fourth straight win by whipping CorJesu College (CJC)-Digos, 25-22,25-18, as the Philippine Volleyball Federation-sanctioned 12th Season of the Shakey's Girls Volleyball League (SGVL)-Southern Mindanao Leg resumed at the Davao Doctors College on Wednesday.

TCNHS paraded its reserved players Jecca Erojo, Sheila Marie Mariano, Valerie Faye Mesiona, Honey Myka Solis, Anne Krizzia Caasi and Bianca Ordoña in the match that saw a series of lead changes from the start, forcing a 7-all deadlock.

Mesiona, Solis and Caasi executed the plays of Coach Felanie Caasi with powerspikes that tested the defense of CJC-Digos.


TCNHS then capitalized on Digoseños' sloppy plays as they fueled a 10-0 rally to stretch their lead, 17-0, forcing CJC coach Angelo Angelo to call for a timeout.

"Hanapin yung spikers natin at dun iset-up ang bola," Coach Angelo said during the timeout.

CJC-Digos spikers, pulling their acts together, recovered to snatch a 20-18 lead.

Coach Caasi, for her part, also called for a time out, telling her wards, "Kelangan nato makakuha ug gwapona first ball para ma-setup ni Mesiona ang play para sa spiker (We need to get a good first ball for Mesiona to set-up a good play for our spikers)."

Team captain May Luna and attacker Chrizelle Caasi then joined trailing TCNHS squad that later bounced back to secure the first set.

In the second set, TCNHS player Luna provided the needed experience and leadership for the team to keep the momentum as CJC spikers Mea Pantil and Princess Bello lost steam.

Luna, in a post-game interview, said they've been practicing to lessen the errors they commit during games especially after losing in the championship match against Davao City National High School in the PSC-Pinay National Volleyball League recently.

"Confident ko karon na mudaog na gyud mi diri sa tournament (I'm confident that we will win in this tournament)," Luna added.

CJC-Digos, thus, dropped its record to one win and three losses in four outings.

Meanwhile, the Koronadal National Comprehensive High School (KNCHS) breezed past Maa National High School, 25-17, 25-18, as team captain Coleen Sumugat led the attack along with teammates Olivia Guling, Xenn Ballesta, Ednelle Echupas, Ashley Jinon and guest player Ivy Jinon.

MNHS, struggling with its service errors, just couldn't counter the attacks of Echupas, Ballesta, and Jinon who lifted an 18-7 rally to claim the first set.

In the second set, MNHS guest players Trisha Ang and Hasmin Rafols succumbed to crucial errors as team captain Sheila Maglasang's was foiled by the solid defense of KNCHS en-route to bagging its second win in three games. MNH slumped to its third consecutive defeat.

Quarter-final games will resume today in the regional qualifying tournament organized by Metro Sports, presented by Shakey's Pizza Philippines in cooperation with Balibolista de Dabaw.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 14, 2014.


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