By ANGEL B. DUKHA III THE Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) Women's and Men's Volleyball teams were wiped out in the quarterfinals of the Thomasian Goodwill Games on Wednesday. AB Women's went home with two losses, 23-25 and 21-25, against the College of Tourism and Hospitality Management (CTHM). Both teams refused to give their opponent a huge advantage in the first set. AB managed to stay in the game despite the spiking arsenal of CTHM which left AB's score nailed at 9 points, 9-10 and 9-13. CTHM ran a series that again pinned AB's score at 19-21. Despite AB's strong defenses, CTHM prevailed, 25-23. The second frame began neck and neck but CTHM's consecutive errors allowed AB to take the lead, 10-5. However, AB choked on their own errors while CTHM deadlocked the game at 13-13...
By JOAHNA LEI E. CASILAO THE Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) Men's Volleyball Team suffered its first loss in the Thomasian Goodwill Games to the College of Commerce (Commerce), 25-23, 20-25, and 23-25 on Monday. Both teams had a rocky start filled with service errors but solid blocks by Commerce gave them a five-point lead, 10-15, and later came 2 points away from winning at 18-23. AB came back through a series of sharp spikes by Mon Laurence Madeja that tied the score at 23-23 and eventually won them the frame. Beginning with a neck and neck rally for the second set, Commerce pulled ahead with four service aces, 24-20. A service error from AB gave Commerce the win. Nerves choked AB during the third set, leading to several service errors and out-of-bound spikes, all wh...
By LUIS MIGUEL B. ARUCAN THE Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) Men’s Volleyball Team demolished the Faculty of Science (Science), 25-19 and 25-17, in their opening Goodwill Games match. AB’s immediately strong offense established their 6-3 lead and left Science trailing for the rest of the set. Service errors and apparent miscommunication plagued Science, leaving the ball hanging in their court multiple times, allowing AB's score to double theirs, 18-9. Despite AB’s own service errors, Mon Laurence Madeja’s hammering spikes and Mark Jason Pangan’s couple of service aces closed the first set at 25-19. A series of errors from AB and close saves by Jason Tormon allowed Science to close the gap from 19-14 to 19-17. Nevertheless, AB’s defense proved too strong, preventing Science fro
By MARIA EDEN T. DINO THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters (AB) Men’s Volleyball Team faltered against the UST Senior High School (SHS), 20-25, 27-29, and 17-25, settling for fourth place in this year’s Thomasian Goodwill Games at the P. Noval Court Tuesday. The Dapitan-based squad almost grabbed the second frame after keeping a close fight with SHS, forcing 13 deadlocks and a deuce. SHS’ James Nartea delivered a spike, countering the attacks of AB’s Wayne Parulan and team captain Russel Wilfred Estrada to claim the set, 29-27. The senior high school students maintained their streak in the third set as they fired up a 10-point advantage, 14-4, but an error allowed AB to pull a 4-0 run, 8-14. SHS did not allow AB to take the lead and finished the match. Miscommunication inside
THE COLLEGE of Tourism and Hospitality Management (CTHM) handed the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) Men’s Volleyball Team its first defeat in the latest season of the Thomasian Goodwill Games, 27-25, 25-21, and 25-17, crushing AB's hopes for the championship. CTHM dominated early in the deciding set through its improved offense, 21-14. AB tried to catch up with the opponent’s lead with forceful attacks but to no avail. “Throughout the game naman ang iniisip lang naming kaya pa namin lumaban. Kaya lang noong third set lang, medyo nawalan lang ng gana ‘yung iba kaya nagtuloy-tuloy ‘yung pagkatalo,” AB team captain Russel Wilfred Estrada said. “’Di naman kami kinulang sa skills, kinulang lang kami sa puso na lumaban doon sa game.” AB took the lead during the start of the second
THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters (AB) Men’s Volleyball Team advanced to the semifinals of the Thomasian Goodwill Games after brushing off the College of Commerce and Business Administration, 26-24 and 25-20, at the P. Noval Court Thursday. Both teams maintained a close fight early in the opening set but as Commerce inched closer to a first frame victory, 24-23, AB unleashed a 3-0 run capped by a quick hit by team captain Russel Wilfred Estrada. Commerce capitalized on AB’s errors to overcome deficit early at the second frame, 18-15, and continued to have the upper hand at 20-18. But the men in blue then delivered a crushing 7-0 run, sealing the match to their favor. “[M]agkakakilala na talaga sila inside and outside the court at masasabi [kong] pamilya ‘yung turing nila sa i
By LUIS MIGUEL ARUCAN THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters (AB) Men’s Volleyball Team secured a spot in the quarterfinals of the Thomasian Goodwill Games after dispatching the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, 25-20 and 25-15, at the P. Noval Court Wednesday. Medicine led early in the first set before AB managed to steal the game with a 5-point advantage, 18-13. Attacks and a service ace from AB team captain Russel Wilfred Estrada allowed the Dapitan-based squad to maintain its lead, 22-18. Both teams improved on their defense during the second frame, resulting to four deadlocks. AB pulled ahead with a 10-point lead, 24-14, before finishing off Medicine and remaining undefeated in its bracket. AB team coach John David Subiere said he took a different approach in training hi
THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters (AB) Men’s Volleyball Team eased past the College of Science (Science), 27-25 and 25-21, posting a 2-0 win-loss record in the preliminary round of the Thomasian Goodwill Games held Wednesday at the P. Noval Court. Wayne Nathaniel Parulan’s barrage of seething attacks and errors by the opponent led AB to a 6-0 run, 23-17, but Science forced a deuce in the first frame after capitalizing on AB’s error. Science dominated the early part of the second set with a 4-0 run. AB fired back with hits and blocks from team captain Russel Wilfred Estrada, earning the Dapitan-based squad a 6-point lead, 17-11. Science recovered from the slump after AB’s consecutive errors, closing the score’s gap to two points, 20-18, but AB’s combined offense and defense still
THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters (AB) Men’s Volleyball Team dismantled the Institute of Information and Computing Sciences (IICS), 28-26 and 25-20, during its season opener in this year’s Thomasian Goodwill Games held Monday at the P. Noval Court. A service error from the Dapitan-based squad brought IICS an inch closer to winning the first frame at 21-24 but AB’s combined offense and defense then forced a deuce. IICS capitalized on AB’s errors during the early part of the second set to pull a 4-0 run and maintain its two-point lead. However, errors overwhelmed both squads, forcing five deadlocks in the frame. AB took control of the second set with a 6-0 run after its stealthy offense escaped the opponent, 23-16. IICS’ Kyle Vallido tried to revive his team’s hopes but to no a
Photo by JANINE C. PEREA THEY TRIED to snatch this year’s championship from the defending victors, but fell short to the team whose players were once their mentors. The Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) Men’s Volleyball Team succumbed to the Graduate School (Grad School) in the game two of the Thomasian Goodwill Games Finals series, handing the reigning champions their back-to-back victory, 25-21, 22-25, 21-25, 25-16, and 15-7. AB opened the first set with multiple errors, allowing a nine-point gap in the scores, 3-11, in favor of Grad School. A barrage of powerful spikes from AB’s Wayne Parulan cut Grad School’s lead to three and brought the score to 19-22. But Grad School would not give AB an easy fight and capped the first set, 25-21. The Dapitan-based squad display