HOPE Christian High School wore down Colegio San Agustin in a gruelling fourth-set battle and hacked out a 25-19, 19-25, 25-14, 29-27 victory to retain the Shakey’s Girls’ Volleyball League NCR leg crown at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
The Hope Christian tossers took the opener then recovered from a second-set meltdown with an imposing third set win but had to fend off a gritty CSA stand in the fourth to wrap up the championship as well as the coveted berth in the Tournament of Champions next month.
Justine Dorog unloaded 18 attacks and finished with two blocks and three service aces while Desiree Cheng, Bel Molde and Chester Ong backed her up with their power game to scuttle CSA.
Dorog also went on to bag MVP honors in the six-week long tournament, backed by Toby’s Sports, Mikasa as official ball, Tune Hotels, Asics and Volley Prep, that featured the top Big City volley schools.
The organizing Metro Sports later announced the CSA also gained a berth in the Tournament of Champions slated January 22-26 either at Rizal Coliseum or at Ninoy Aquino Stadium.
Hope and CSA will be joined in the finale by the other winners in various regional tournaments, including Southern Luzon champion De La Salle-Lipa and Western Visayas leg titlist Central Philippine University.
Spicing up the final is the participation of Australia’s Victoria High School team.