THE Cagayan Valley Bomberinas outclassed University of the Philippines, 25-15, 25-11, 25-15, on Monday at the start of the Philippine National Games women’s volleyball competitions at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.
National University standout Jaja Santiago teamed up with Perpetual Help’s Honey Tubino and Far Eastern University’s Rosemarie Vargas in leading the charge for the Bomberinas, who constantly undergo training in the hopes of being named as the official women’s national volleyball team.
Cagayan Valley head coach Sammy Acaylar was glad with the way the team played despite the obvious lack of cohesiveness.
“This is the first time na nabuo kami. Although we have been practicing for a month, some players are in the Shakey’s V-League,” said Acaylar. “I’m happy that we are intact now. So that is why medyo kapa-kapa ang bawat isa.”
The Bomberinas have yet to be recognized by the Philippine Volleyball Federation as the women’s national team as it was formed by a rival group that included Asian Volleyball Confederation official Tats Suzara.
Suzara called for tryouts to form the Bomberinas following the failure of the Philippine Volleyball Federation to come up with a women’s national squad.
But the Bomberinas are expected to breeze through the PVF-organized tournament as Acaylar said he is developing the team for the future.
“Hypocrite naman kung sasabihin na ayaw naming mag-champion. We are developing this team and meron namang patutunguhan ito. Gusto ko lang magkaroon ng national team,” Acaylar said.
In other results, Philippine Air Force defeated De La Salle-Dasmarinas, 25-21, 23-25, 25-23, 25-22, while Technological Institute of the Philippines walloped Team San Juan, 25-9, 25-13, 25-16.