DUMAGUETE CITY, Philippines — A rough start did not matter for CALABARZON as the Region IV-A spikers opened their 2013 Palarong Pambansa bid with a 25-14, 25-21 win over Bicol Region.
Region V zoomed to a 5-0 lead in the opening set, but Anne Necessito and Margarette Galanza teamed up to bring CALABARZON back in the game and eventually race past their opponents at the Foundation University Gym here.
Banking on their blocks, service aces and a couple of unforced errors from Bicol, Region IV-A pulled away in the first to lead Bracket C with a 1-0 record.
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In the second set, it was La Salle – Lipa junior Audrey Paran who took over, scoring 5 points off 3 attacks and 2 blocks as the CALABARZON bets again overcame a slow start to snatch the set and the match.
Galanza led all scorers with 13 points spiked by 8 kills, 3 aces and 2 blocks while Paran and Ilustre finished with 8 and 7 markers, respectively.
Jovielyn Prado scored heavily and tried to carry her team with 10 points (8 attacks and 2 blocks) but it wasn’t enough as she lacked support from her teammates.
In the first game, MIMAROPA had to surrender a set to ARMM before winning the next sets in dominating fashion, 24-26, 25-9, 25-11. – Rappler.com
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