Cobras tame Warriors, advance to semifinals in Cesafi volleyball

By: John Carlo A. Villaruel September 10,2017 - 10:08 PM

Paula Marie Maninang of the USJ-R Lady Jaguars spikes against USC Lady Warriors defenders during their game in the Cesafi women’s volleyball tournament at the USPF Gym /CDN PHOTO/LITO TECSON

THE SOUTHWESTERN University-(SWU) Phinma overcame an opening set meltdown to hack out a 23-25, 25-18, 25-18 triumph over the University of San Carlos (USC) and advance to the semifinal round of the F2 Logistics Cesafi boys’ volleyball tournament on Sunday evening at the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) gym.

With the victory, the Baby Cobras finished the elimination round at the top of Pool B with an immaculate 3-0 (win-loss) card while USC dropped to 2-1.

Despite the loss, the Baby Warriors still advanced to the semifinal round by virtue of their second-place finish in their group.

SWU-Phinma mentor Dave Arreza said that they will have to work even harder in the semifinals as they expect tougher teams from here on.

“We still need to improve more. But I trust my players because all of them are positive thinkers,” Arreza said.

The best two teams in each pool after a single-robin eliminations will advance to the single round-robin semifinals with the top two teams vying for the title.

In Pool A boys’ action, the University of Cebu (UC) kept its immaculate record intact and moved a win away from advancing to the semifinals after a clinical win over the Don Bosco Technology Center, 25-21, 25-18, while USPF scored its first win in two games this season after trashing of Cebu Doctors’ University (CDU) 25-6, 25-18.

In girls’ division, the Cebu Eastern College registered its first victory in league history after beating CDU, 25-14, 25-16, while reigning champions SHS-AdC handed UC its first loss in three games with a 25-14, 22-25, 25-15 victory.

In the collegiate games, the USJ-R Lady Jaguars scored their first win of the season courtesy of a 25-20, 25-17, 25-17 beating of USC to improve to 1-2 in the standings.

USJ-R’s men’s team, however, suffered a painful loss to the Cebu Institute of Technology-University (CIT-U), 22-25, 25-19, 24-26, 25-21, to drop to 1-1 in the standings.

The loss was more heartbreaking for the Spiking Jaguars as they never fell to CIT-U in league history until last Sunday.

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TAGS: Baby Warriors, F2 Logistics Cesafi, Phinma, Pool B, Southwestern University, University of Southern Philippines Foundation

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