THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters (AB) Men’s Volleyball Team booked a quarterfinals seat in the latest season of Thomasian Goodwill Games after it effectively washed out Alfredo M. Velayo (AMV) College of Accountancy Men’s Volleyball team Thursday at the P. Noval Court.
AB started hot and ended blazing in a two-set sweep, 25-15 and 25-22.
The streaking offense of AB started with a 6-to-nothing run in the first set, pushing the score to 16-8 through AB offensive specialist Russel Wilfred Estrada’s spikes and John David Subiere’s blocks and service aces.
However, the Accountancy students did not back down and capitalized in the Dapitan-based squad’s errors, capped by a service error from Subiere.
Estrada unleashed a spike that halted AMV’s momentum, but the men in red benefited from service errors and faults of AB leaving the set at 19-11, in favor AB.
AB’s Wayne Parulan launched a powerful spike followed by a 4-0 run that gave AB a 10 point advantage. Subiere’s drop ball ended the first set, 25-15.
AMV started the second set with a 4-0 run, pushing the score at 5-3.
The squads found themselves in a head-to-head match at 9-9, but errors from AB gave AMV a slight advantage, 13-12.
The Dapitan-based squad blasted a 3-0 run through Punzalan’s piercing spikes and service error by AMV’s Simmon Manalo, 22-17.
AB had seemingly pulled away but the Accountancy students still had tricks up in their sleeves as they orchestrated a 3-to-nothing run, 20-22.
AB secured a precarious 2 point lead at 24-22 through a series of spikes, until it cruised past AMV in the second set at 25-22.
“Masaya kami na naka-advance kami sa quarterfinals dahil nagiging worth it lahat ng hirap at pagod namin. Pero siyempre hindi kami titigil sa quarterfinals, ipagpapatuloy namin lahat ng training para makaabot sa championship,” Lorenzo Miguel Tan, AB team captain told the Flame. F MARIA EDEN T. DINO