UNDERMANNED Rebisco-Philippines still put up a dominant showing against Animo, 25-23, 25-14, 25-16, on Thursday in the 2019 Spikers’ Turf Reinforced Conference at the Paco Arena.
Missing wing spikers Marck Espejo, John Vic De Guzman, Mark Alfafara, and Bryan Bagunas, the National Team was still able to earn its sixth win in seven outings as Fauzi Ismail stepped up.
Ismail led the way with 13 points to lead Rebisco, while Ranran Abdilla and Rex Intal added 11 and nine markers, respectively.
“Kung sino ‘man ‘yung nasa line-up namin, ang importante is ‘yung sistema namin na sinasabi ko sa kanila lagi is makuha nila,” said national team head coach Dante Alinsunurin. “Matagal pa naman ‘yung preparation kaya hanggat maari, namimili talaga kami sa kanila.”
Vince Abrot carried Animo Green Spikers with 10 points.
Meanwhile, Sta. Elena survived Instituto Estetico Manila in a nail-biting duel, 25-16, 25-22, 21-25, 22-25, 22-20.
Edward Camposano led the way with 24 points. Berhashidin Daymil chipped in 18 points, while Nico Almedras added 14 markers including his kill that broke the 20-all in the fifth set before a service error from Lorenz Santos that gave the Ball Hammers a 4-3 record.
“I give it to IEM, talagang gusto rin nila manalo. Nagkataon lang na sa fifth set medyo nakabawi kami so ayon, nakuha namin ‘yung game,” said Sta. Elena assistant coach Dong Dela Cruz.
Razzel Palisoc had 23 points for the Volley Masters, while Mark Enciso added 16 points as their team absorbed their sixth defeat in seven games.
Earlier, Volleyball Never Stops Volleyball Club (VNS VC) swept Coast Guard, 25-22, 25-15, 25-23, for its second win in five games.
French hitter Jeremy Merat powered VNS with 14 points built on 10 attacks, two aces and two blocks, while ex Ateneo Blue Eagle Tony Koyfman added seven markersz
“Nagawa lang nung players ko yung role nila kasi yung game namin against Coast Guard,” said VNS head coach Jeff Dela Cruz. “Sabi ko kailangan ‘yung mga second stringer ko mag step-up. Gusto ko ma-maximize namin ‘yung line-up namin, kumbaga lahat gumana.”
Esmail Kasim had 12 points for the Dolphins, who suffered their seventh loss in as many games.