LINGAYEN – Central Visayas withstood the last-ditch effort of Calabarzon and kept the overall title in the Prisaa national collegiate games on Friday, thanks to its karatekas who cut down the opposition for a 12-medal haul at the close of the competitions.
Samuel Orillio shone in men’s kata individual event, and so did Radoc Rell Adam (60kgs men’s kumite), Sydney Metante (75kgs men’s kumite), and Marjorie Villareal (61 kgs, women’s kumite) at the end of the multi-sport event at the Pangasinan State University.
Central Visayas also topped the men’s and women’s team events offering four gold medal each, enabling the reigning champion to corner 12 golds which proved enough buffer to cushion Calabarzon’s last-day gold splurge in the ball games.
The back-to-back champions finished with 77 gold medals, 50 silver, and 29 bronze as it kept the overall title it won last year in Cebu City.
The other medalists on Friday were Cagayan Valley region’s Visayas’ Victor Rebolledo (55kgs kumite male) and Ryan Armasa (75kgs male kumite), Western Visayas’s Jerrydale Fuentes (67kgs male kumite) and Pinky Flores (68kgs female kumite) and Mecedes Collates (68kgs female kumite), Eastern Visayas’ Grace Repalda (50kgs female kumite), Northern Mindanao’s Seririt Renario Elfron (55kgs female kumite).
Calabarzon ran away with the men’s and women’s cage title and the men’s volleyball diadem to clinch second overall with a 68-30-49 tally.
University of Batangas drew 18 points each from Edcel Mag-Isa and Roel Rodovia to beat Lyceum Northwestern University of Dagupan City, 103-87, while the women’s team outplayed Central Luzon, 72-50, at the Narciso Ramos Gym inside the sprawling Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center.
Later, the men’s volleyball team represented by La Salle-Dasmarinas, Cavite withstood a late comeback by Central Visayas (represented by University of San Carlos and University of Southern Philippines Foundation) to win in straight sets, 3-0, in a crucial duel that set the tone for Calabarzon’s late charge in the race for the overall title.
The men’s volleyball team's triumph made up for the sorry loss of its women’s counterpart also represented by La Salle-Dasmarinas which fell in ambush to Western Visayas’s selection from Central Philippines University, Iloilo Doctors College and Univ. of Saint La Salle-Bacolod in women’s volleyball finals.