THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters (AB) Men’s Volleyball Team welcomed this year’s Thomasian Goodwill Games with a triumph against the Institute of Physical Education and Athletics (IPEA) Volleyball Team.
Odds were not in the favor of AB during the first few minutes of the game as they committed multiple errors, bringing the score to 3-5, in favor of IPEA.
Despite the forceful spikes of Judden Macareñas, Russell Wilfred Estrada, and John David Subiere, IPEA claimed the first set victory, 21-25, because of IPEA’s defensive anchor John Lyod Lamaclamac.
Having lost the game’s first set, AB bounced back during the second set.
AB owned the second set through the sharp strikes of Estrada, which mounted a five-point advantage at the start of the set, 10-5.
AB Men’s Volleyball Team pounced IPEA with a 13-point advantage, 25-12, denying their opponent the chance to catch up.
The start of the third set marked the victory of AB and the decline of IPEA as the former’s early five-point lead against latter—courtesy of the powerful service aces of Estrada—gave them the advantage.
Miguel Salak displayed IPEA’s determination in closing the gap through his drops that brought the score to 16-19, with IPEA trailing just by three.
IPEA’s attack that went out of bounds sealed the victory for the Dapitan-based squad, 25-18.
“Tuloy-tuloy pa rin ang training and kung ano ‘yung ginagawa namin dito, improve lang,” AB Men’s Volleyball team captain Lorenzo Miguel Tan said, noting they started their training as early as summer.
AB Men’s Volleyball Team will battle against the Institute of Information and Computing Sciences (IICS) for their next match on Nov. 7 at the P. Noval Court. F KIMVIRLY P. ZAYAT