MANILA, Philippines — VNS dealt one other heartbreaking loss to defending champion Nationwide College-Archipelago, claiming a 25-21, 25-21, 19-25, 20-25, 17-15 victory within the 2023 Spikers’ Turf Open Convention on Sunday at Paco Enviornment.
The Griffins convincingly took the primary two units however they flirted with catastrophe after permitting the Builders, led by Philippine males’s volleyball group pool member Rwenzmel Taguiboos and Mac Bandola, to pressure a decider.
NU, which fielded its Crew B to defend its crown within the event, was a degree away from ending a three-game skid with Leo Ordiales blocking Pemie Bagalay’s assault for a 14-13 lead within the fifth set.
However Bagalay pressured a deuce with a kill and introduced VNS at match level, 15-14, solely to overlook his subsequent assault that led to a different tie. Ordiales, nonetheless, dedicated a expensive service error earlier than Noy Pedrosa delivered the game-clinching spike off NU’s blockers to triumph within the thrilling two-hour and 20-minute match.
“It’s tough as a result of our assaults should not excessive, we’re tenth in assaults however first in digs, so our objective is to transform all our digs into assaults,” stated VNS coach Ralph Ocampo stated. “I informed the gamers to play with braveness of their assaults as a result of now we have nothing to lose in opposition to a powerful opponent.”
Pedrosa stood out within the VNS’ collective effort with 13 factors, whereas Bagalay displayed an all-around recreation with 11 factors, 18 glorious receptions, and 7 digs.
Russel Fronda supplied 5 of his group’s eight blocks to complete with 10 factors, whereas his fellow center blocker Rocky Motol additionally scored 10, together with two blocks because the Griffins improved with a 2-2 document.
NU, which gave up 41 errors, remained winless in 4 video games, the place they performed three five-setters.
Taguibolos led the Builders with 19 factors off 14 assaults, 4 blocks, and a service ace. Bandola chipped in 18 factors, whereas Bryan Jaleco added 16.
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