March 12, 2023

AJAA Spikers demolish Builders, clinch semis spot

Imus-Ivy Tuason Photography punched a ticket to the semifinals with a four-set win over National University-Archipelago, 25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 25-19, on Sunday as it joined unbeaten Cignal in post-season play of Spikers’ Turf Open Conference at the Paco Arena.

Hero Austria took charge for the AJAA Spikers for the nth time, unloading a game-high 22 points on 20 attacks, one block and an ace. He also produced 17 excellent receptions and seven digs to spike another stellar performance.

Imus thus notched the second Final Four berth with a 7-3 (win-loss) mark.

Kim Malabunga posted 12 points, Francis Saura and Ridz Muhali chipped in 11markers apiece, while Ronniel Rosales had 10 points for the Cavite-based squad.

“Of course I’m happy, it’s great na nanalo kami but hindi ako satisfied pa rin sa performance ng team ko kasi I know how they play,” said AJAA Spikers head coach Sammy Acaylar.

“So each and everyone of them meron naman silang skills, sometimes lang nag-la-lapse because kampante sila sa sarili nila. That’s it, masaya naman ako,” he added.

Mac Bandola led the Volley Builders with 21 points on 19 attacks, an ace and one block as NU dropped to 1-7.