Wednesday, April 24

PolSci secures first semis spot in Athena volleyball; History, Socio, ASN post wins

By JOAHNA LEI E. CASILAO, ANGEL B. DUKHA III, CRIS EUGENE T. GIANAN, and MA. LEANDREA A. TAMARES

An ELS player serves during their game against Socio. photo by IAN CARLO L. ARIAS/ THE FLAME

POLITICAL SCIENCE (PolSci) was the first team to secure a spot in the semifinals of the Athena Cup volleyball tourney after sweeping Philosophy (Philo), 25-18 and 25-10.

Two consecutive spikes by PolSci’s Ryan Tuguinayo pulled his team ahead after a neck-and-neck rally. PolSci left Philo in the dust with a 14-to-1 run that ended the second frame.

Asian Studies (ASN) clinched their first win, eliminating Literature (Lit) after a nail-biting 2-set game, 25-22 and 27-25.

Despite Lit having controlled the game early in the second frame, 11-6, ASN managed to catch up, 25-all.  The latter ultimately secured the win on the back of Gab Paradeza’s 17 points.

LOOK: The standings of the different teams in Athena volleyball as of Feb. 8. art by DANEA PATRICIA T. VILOG/ THE FLAME

Sociology (Socio) snatched their first win in a close fight against English Language Studies (ELS) in a three-set game, 25-20, 21-25, and 25-14.

Socio clinched the first set with a last minute deadlock at 18-18, getting away with a six-point run to thrust it into the lead. ELS kept a solid defense in the second set to force a third, only to falter with a flood of out balls and service errors, giving way to Socio.

After a deadlock at 18-18, Socio pulled off a 6-0 run, securing their lead. ELS eventually faltered, giving Socio the first frame, 25-20.

Despite ELS’s comeback with their solid defense in the second frame, a flurry of out balls and service errors in the third frame secured Socio the game.

Philo initially dominated History in the first frame at 25-14. The latter bounced back in the second frame, leaving Philo trailing behind with single points, 9-25.

Both teams narrowly played each other in the third frame, leading to two deuces and finishing the three-set game with 27-25 in favor of History.

The games were held at the Brgy. Bombers Court on Friday, Feb. 8. The next set of games will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 12. F

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