LIPA CITY — Mark Calado delivered the clutch hits as Team Dasma survived gritty VNS, 25-20, 30-28, 20-25, 21-25, 18-16, to reach the PNVF Champions League Finals on Friday at the Aquamarine Sports Complex.
The youngest Monarch showed maturity beyond his years when it mattered most as he carried his team to match point, 17-16, before Dasma clinched the dramaticwin on a misreceive by the Manileno Spikers of Kris Silang’s service.
The Monarchs blew a two-set lead and squandered a 10-5 advantage in the fifth but Calado displayed grace under pressure in the decider.
Calado nailed two of the last three points to set up a championship march against Go for Gold Air Force, which beat Global Remit in the other semifinal.
Dasma reached matchpoint, 14-12, from Madz Gampong’s attack but Benjaylo Labide and Roniey Adviento refused to give up saving three matchpoints for VNS before Calado’s heroics.
The 20-year-old spiker unleashed 28 points, hitting 27 of his 48 spike attempts to keep Team Dasma unbeaten in four games ahead of the championship match.
The Dasmarinas, Cavite-based squad played without head coach Norman Miguel, who was quarantined on Friday for breaking health protocols. He had to undergo another Antigen test and will be available on Saturday if he yields a negative result.
“Syempre wala si coach pero sabi nga ni kuya Jayvee (Sumagaysay), kalmahan lang. Tabla eh so kalma lang. Yun lang nasa isip namin. Tsaka gusto ko lang din talaga manalo,” Calado said.
But it didn’t stop the Monarchs from reaching the championship round as Gampong scattered 14 kills and three blocks to finish with 17 points. Setter Silang made 29 excellent sets as middle blocker Ronniel Rosales and Jayvee Sumagaysay added 13 and nine markers, respectively.
Dasma and Go For Gold Air Force clash for the maiden PNVF crown on Saturday at 4 pm, also fighting for the right to represent the country in next year’s Asian Club Championship.
VNS will play in the battle for third place against Global Remit at 1:30 pm.
Labide joined hands with young guns Ben San Andres and Mark Montemayor to lead Manileno Spikers’ comeback as the troika finished with 16 points each.
Adviento chipped in 13 points and Rwenzmel Taguibolos added 10 but he tweaked ankle in the fifth as VNS fell short of a comeback.
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