PHILIPPINE Navy pounced on a young Far Eastern University side as it cruised to a 25-23, 25-23, 25-17 victory, a breakthrough win that kept its flickering quarterfinal hopes alive in the Shakey’s V-League Open Conference on Sunday at The Arena in San Juan.
Micmic Laborte and Chris Rosale shone offensively, and playing coach Zenaida Chavez provided the leadership on the floor as the Lady Sailors notched their first victory in four games.
A seaman first class — equivalent to corporal in the Army and Air Force — Chavez chipped in six points for the Lady Sailors, who had always been on the wrong end of straight-sets decisions in their last three games.
“Kalaban namin mga bata, so sabi ko sa mga player ilabas natin ang pagkamatanda natin sa laro. So far, lumabas naman at maganda ang laro ng bawat isa,” said Chavez, a member of the 1993 national squad that last won a Southeast Asian Games gold medal for the country.
Chavez, the Zamboanga del Sur pride who turns 44 in next month, also proved that age is not a hindrance in playing the sport.
“Gusto kong ipakita sa ibang mothers out there na hindi hadlang ang edad para maglaro ng volleyball,” said the mother of four. “Nag-give way na ako sa mga bata, pero kung kailangan nila ng tulong ko, nakaka-contribute pa naman kahit papaano.”
Laborte capped her game-high 12 points with the match point, while Rosale added 10, all but one on attacks as the Lady Sailors moved up two places up to the sixth and last quarterfinal spot in the eight-team standings.
They also kept the Lady Tamaraws, who had no one score in double figures, winless after five starts.