November 15, 2023

VNS earns five-set win over Cabuyao, rises to 2nd in Pool B

VNS eked out another important win after dealing Cabuyao its first loss, 25-19, 18-25, 18-25, 25-21, 15-12, in the Spikers’ Turf Invitational Conference, Wednesday at the Paco Arena in Manila.


San Andres tallied a triple-double of 16 points on 14 attacks, an ace, and a block to go along with 13 excellent digs and 10 excellent receptions to help the Griffins overcome a 1-2 set disadvantage to jump to the second spot in Pool B.


“Actually para siyang roller coaster ride kasi sobrang inconsistent ng ginagalaw namin. So ayun, buti nanalo. Kailangan pa namang mas maging consistent,” said VNS head coach Ralph Ocampo.


The Griffins committed back-to-back errors in the fifth set that put them in a 7-9 disadvantage against the Cabstars. However, Ralph Lacuanan provided the team a huge boost with consecutive quick attacks that kick-started a 4-0 run, giving them an 11-9 lead.


Joshua Ramilo tried to stop the bleeding for Cabuyao. Still, Pemmy Bagalay, Ron Medalla, and San Andres put on the finishing touches to end the match after two hours and seven minutes.


“Kailangan naming dalhin yung grit namin kasi ayaw naming matalo. Yun siguro yung pinaka ano namin, factor ngayon pero we need to really work hard on our offense kasi medyo mababa siya. Medyo hirap kami doon sa opensa,” said Ocampo.


Jayvee Sumagaysay played his best game so far with 13 points on nine attacks, three blocks, and an ace while Bagalay and Lacuanan chipped in 12 and 10 points, respectively, for VNS.


Lorence Cruz tossed 24 excellent sets in the win while Joshua Cruz had 12 excellent digs.


On the other hand, Ramilo paced the Cabstars with 18 points on 14 attacks, three aces, and a block while Gabriel Magsino and Miguel Dasig chipped in 13 and 12 points, respectively.


VNS will face off against MKA-San Beda next Wednesday, 3:00 p.m. while Cabuyao will take on Saskin-PCU Dasmarinas at the same venue on Friday, 1:00 p.m..