MANILA, Philippines - Central Visayas recovered from a second set setback and outlasted New Zealand in a thrilling decider to hack out a 25-16, 22-25, 25-20 victory and complete a sweep of Pool B in the Shakey’s Girls’ Volleyball League Season 11 Tournament of Champions at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium yesterday.
After sweeping its first three rivals, including a scary 25-23, 30-28 win over Southern Luzon champion La Salle-Lipa, Central Visayas was pushed to the limit by the visiting squad. But the University of San Jose-Recoletos spikers rose to the occasion in the third set to defuse the Kiwis and clinch the top spot in Pool B.
Mary Pacres came away with 13 kills and two blocks while Jessa Marie Jorquia added seven attacks and five service aces for CV, which will take on the No. 2 team in Pool A in tomorrow’s crossover semis of the event sponsored by Shakey’s and organized by Metro Sports.
Caitlyn Taniela blasted in nine kills and made three blocks while Georgia Morton scored eight attacks and had one block for New Zealand, which dropped to 2-1. The Kiwis, however, are still tipped to clinch the other Final Four slot for a clash with Pool A’s No. 1 squad.
NCR’s Hope Christian High School rallied from 2-12 down in the second set to frustrate a tall Victoria squad from Australia and completed a 25-17, 25-22 victory to join Western Visayas in the semis.
The Big City bets thus tied the Central Phl U side’s 3-0 card with the two teams disputing the Pool A top spot at the end of elims play at 3 p.m. today.
The Aussies bowed out of the semis race with a 1-2 mark although they hope to exit with a victory against the Central Luzon side at 6 p.m.
Earlier, Western Visayas survived a second-set meltdown before prevailing over Northern Luzon, 25-11, 19-25, 25-14, to book a semis berth in Pool A of the event backed by Mikasa, Asics, Tune Hotel, Burlington, BioFresh, Food Health and Science Magazine.
The bets from Central Philippines University-Iloilo poured it all in the deciding set to secure their third straight triumph in the event which features the country’s top high school teams plus two foreign guest squads.
That assured the WV bets of a Final Four stint regardless of the outcome of their last elims showdown with NCR spikers today.