Pajo takes solo lead in group B of Shakey’s Girls’ volleyball




BRACKET A                                          W                   L

USJ-R                                                   2                    0

USC                                                      2                    0

USP-F                                                   1                    1

ATENEO DE CEBU                                1                   2

SHS-HIJAS                                           0                    2

BRACKET B                                         W                  L

PAJO                                                     3                    0

SWU                                                     2                    1

STC                                                       2                    2

DON GERARDO                                   1                   2

MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS               0                 2

PAREF-SOUTHCREST                           0              2

THE  mighty Pajo National High School squad showed their nerves of steel and demonstrated their resolve of being unafraid of their private school counterparts to grab the solo lead in Bracket B of the Eastern and Central Visayas Shakey’s Girls’ Volleyball’s 12th season at the SWU’s Aznar Coliseum in Urgello, Cebu City.

            The Pajo spikers took the driver’s seat for their group after trouncing the Southwestern University (SWU) Baby Cobras in a grueling three-set battle between two previous undefeated squads.

           Pajo, with Lyn Ross Densing, Quennie Jane Capangpangan, Wellamae Ortega, Justine Therese Bragat, Mary Gwyneth Duran and Mariel Ganrnez at the helm, recovered from a second-set debacle to defeat the Baby Cobras of coach Jordan Paca, 25-13, 18-25 and 25-16.

            Defending Central Visayas Leg champions University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars racked up their second straight victory yesterday in after they recovered from opening set jitters to outhustle the Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu Magis Eagles.

            The USJR Baby Jaguars, who are seeking to avenge their loss last year after bowing down to the Hope Christian School in the championship game of the Battle of Champions in Manila, recovered from an error-filled game early in the first set and found their marks in the second to blast the Magis Eagles, 25-20 and 25-9, to tally their second victory in as many outings in Bracket A.

            The girls of USJ-R head coach Roldan Potot opened up their campaign in the combined Central and Eastern Visayas legs of the event, backed by Mikasa, Asics, SWU and the Philippine Volleyball Federation, with a lopsided victory the other day versus the Sacred Heart School-Hijas de Cebu.

            The Magis Eagles of coach Mario Sala started their game against the Baby Jaguars on a strong note as kept the latter at bay for a 12-10 edge in the opening set with spiker Shiela Mae Kiseo at the helm of SHS-AdC’s offense.

Both teams exchanged offensive strikes, tying the score several times before the Magis Eagles grabbed the lead for the last time at 15-14 courtesy of Valerie Reed Orlanes.

            It turned out to be the last time the Magis Eagles would see the light of day in the entire match as the Baby jaguars unleashed a searing rally fuled by a points from Denise Angeline Subingsubing and highlighted with a strong spike and a couple of services aces from Anna Marie Aldave to give USJ-R a 21-16 lead.

            The Magis Eagles threatened to bounce back after a block from Jennifer Louise de los Santos trimmed down USJ-R’s lead to just three, 18-21, but the Baby Jaguars were able to keep their poise in the endgame to secure the opening set victory.

            The second set turned out to be a practice game for the defending champions USJ-R as Ma. Deanna Izabella Wong, Daniella Alfeche, Florani Camacho and Aldave took turns in attacking the defense of SHS-AdC in giving USJ-R its second win of the tourney, which is also backed up by Sun Cellular, Phenomenal Eight Event Horizons, Metro Sports, Nature’s Spring and Radical Ads.

            The 19th Milo Little Olympics Visayas Championship secondary girls titlists University of San Carlos (USC-BED) Baby Warriors joined the Baby Jaguars atop the Bracket A standings after Lyanna Kae Abellana, Fressel Mendoza, Kate Chantal Rodriguez, Aira Jean Sator, Roby Claire Villaceran and the rest of the USC spikers inked their second win in a row via a 25-7, 25-6 rout of the Hijas de Jesus.

            The win was USC’s second in as many games after the Baby Warriors opened up their campaign earlier yesterday with a 25-15, 25-15 victory over the University of Southern Philippines-Foundation (USP-F) Baby Panthers.

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