LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines – Newly-established Negros Island Region claimed the bronze medal in secondary girls volleyball after coming from behind last year's finalist Davao Region, 20-25, 25-21, 25-19, in the battle for third on Saturday, April 16 during the 2016 Palarong Pambansa at Bicol Colleges.
NIR had to deal with a strong showing from Davao in the opening set. NIR absorbed its foes' lefty attacks and sharp cross-court hits as Davao drew first blood, 25-20.
With Jessa Ordiales out in the latter part of the first set, NIR came back with a vengeance in the second set courtesy of Maica Larroza's brilliant blocking and loaded serves, 25-21.
Momentum shifted Negros Island's way as Patricia Nicole Escares' well-distributed plays paid off. Hannah Nicole Infante showered an array of attacks while Alyssa Bertolano gave Davao a hard time receiving the first ball.
Davao fizzled out towards the end and committed a pile of errors as NIR took the final frame, 25-19. – Rappler.com
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