Central Visayas, NCR barge into girls volley finals
DUMAGUETE CITY, Philippines -- Central Visayas fed off the energy of its home crowd to turn back Northern Mindanao and barge into the finals of the 2013 Palarong Pambansa secondary girls volleyball tournament.
With a wild and roaring crowd at the Foundation University Gym behind them, Region VII ousted Region X, 25-23, 24-26, 25-22, in a roller-coaster match that saw no team give an inch.
Janelle Cabahug started the game strong for Central Visayas, netting six points in the first set alone as they clawed back from a six-point deficit to take it 25-23.
The Cebu spikers continued their assault in the second set and with their offense humming, Region VII looked on the verge of wrapping it up after building a 24-20 advantage.
But Northern Mindanao unleashed six straight points, the last two off Sheeka Espenosa aces to snatch the frame, 26-24, and force a deciding third.
It was a Rica Rivera show in the final set as the spiker from Mandaue delivered nine of her 15 points as Central Visayas sizzled in the clutch to clinch the win in front of more than 1, 000 fans at the venue.
Rivera finished with nine hits, three aces and three blocks while outside hitter Janelle Cabahug added 11 markers for the home team.
Towering Alyssa Layug imposed her height up front but her 18 points off 11 blocks, one ace and six hits were not enough to propel the Iligan City bets to the championship round.
In the second game, National Capital Region demolished Calabarzon, 25-16, 25-13, to return to the finals.
Monica Ortiz top scored for NCR for the second straight game with 10 points while Kim Dy added seven markers -- six of them in the opening set -- for the Big City spikers.
Calabarzon struggled on offense as NCR forced several misreceptions, with Region IV-A unable to get their attack going after four successive games where they showed their offensive prowess.
Arriane Ilustre top scored for Calabarzon with 11 points but Marge Galanza was held to a tournament-low 2 points. - Rappler.com