LAS PINAS City – Rizal Technological University capture the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) Men’s Volleyball championship by sweeping away National College of Business and Arts in straight sets, 25-21, 25-23 and 25-23 at the Philippine Merchant Marine School Gym Thursday morning (April 6). The Blue Thunder thus ended the best-of-three series, 2-0.
The Wildcats proved to be a tough bunch as they engaged RTU in a seesaw battle during the first two sets. NCBA was on the verge of claiming the second set, 23-22, but the Blue Thunder responded by scoring three straight to take a 2-0 sets advantage.
That late collapse took the starch out of NCBA, which allowed RTU to jump to a 13-7 lead in the final set. Still, the Wildcats clawed back and threatened, 23-24, before an error ended the match and started RTU’s celebration.
“This championship makes up for all the losses we took in our other tournaments this year,” said Coach George Pascua. “I told the players we cannot lose again because of our errors so they made the right adjustments this time.”
RTU’s Alnasil Dulahid was named as Most Valuable Player and was joined in the Mythical Six by teammates Alnaber Halisan and Marky Ricafrente, Russel Nullar and MC Gabutero of NCBA and Ronel Fortaleza of PMMS. Commissioner Roberto Celso and Harlem Ruiz of PMMS awarded the winners.
Other members of the champion Blue Thunder are Hussin Tanyo, Aldren Banaag, Jemmy Entig, Ronemar Zaragoza, Christian Gatdula, Jainor Sulayman, Joshua Pabalan, Jass Andrade and team captain Daryll de Vera. Coach Pascua was assisted by Jukran Hamdam.
RTU won Game One last Monday in a five-set war, 30-32, 25-20, 25-17, 19-25 and 15-12.
The Women’s Division would have to wait a while for their champion after De La Salle University-Dasmarinas forced a winner-take-all Game Three against erstwhile undefeated Technological Institute of the Philippines in straight sets, 25-22, 25-16 and 25-14. Game Three is scheduled for Saturday (April 8) starting at 8:00 AM at the NCBA Gym in Fairview, Quezon City.
The Lady Patriots entered the court with renewed energy, a far cry from the squad that showed up for Game One that the Lady Engineers took in four sets, 25-13, 21-25, 25-23 and 25-22. TIP looked broken after DLSU-D cruised through the first two sets, allowing the Lady Patriots to erect the only double-digit lead of the match and sealing the deal, 22-12.