SAN Sebastian College coach Roger Gorayeb and referee Rodrigo Rojas have been handed one-game suspensions after an altercation during a match on Saturday in the 91st NCAA women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
“According to the ground rules of NCAA, Rojas will be meted a sanction as well as coach Gorayeb,” Management Committee member Peter Cayco of Arellano University said on Monday night.
Cayco was the only official of the committee present during the match won by San Sebastian over Arellano. SSC-R won in four sets to remain unscathed in five matches, while putting a stop to Arellano’s unbeaten streak at four.
Gorayeb reportedly cursed and flashed his middle finger at Rojas, who according to witnesses initiated the challenge and shoved the SSC coach.
Gorayeb will serve his suspension on Wednesday when San Sebastian takes on College of St. Benilde.
Rojas apparently got into Gorayeb’s nerves when a net violation was called in the fourth set while SSC was ahead, 17-16. Due to his resentment he was shown a red card by Rojas, giving the point to Arellano.
“In the game between Arellano and San Sebastian there were instances where coach Gorayeb was not happy with the calls of referee Rojas. There were witnesses saying that he was cursing Rojas, showing some body languages that were uncalled for,” said Cayco.
“At one instance ‘yung net violation according to Gorayeb there was no net violation but according to Rojas it was a net violation. He was cursing Rojas kaya ni-red card siya.”
“Sa fourth set hindi na ako nanood nasa loob na ako (ng VIP lounge) biglang Roger came in storming (after the game), shouting, cursing, mura ng mura. Kaya sabi ko, ‘Roger teka lang anong nangyayari?’ added Cayco, also the vice president of the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc.
“That in itself was a violation of the NCAA code of conduct where in you show disrespect to a ManCom member. Pero iniisip ko naman baka mainit lang ang ulo, 'yun pala saka ko lang nalaman na nag-away pala sila ni Rojas.”
Cayco signed the infraction letter, which Gorayeb said was a conflict of interest.
But the Arellano official explained that being the only Management Committee member present at the venue he had to sign for volleyball committee Father Vic Calvo of Letran because the letter should be submitted within 24 hours.
“I only signed (the infraction notice) because I am the only ManCom present and I am a member of the volleyball committee and Father Vic, the chairman, instructed me to sign the infraction (notice) for his name,” he said.
Cayco said the school accepted the penalty on Gorayeb after he explained his side but San Sebastian requested further investigation on the conduct of Rojas.
Cayco said he has asked NCAA chairman Melchor Divina of host Mapua to investigate the case of Rojas. He added the NCAA can elevate the case of Rojas to LVPI.
In 2011 Gorayeb was handed a two-year ban after getting involved in a brawl with former San Beda College basketball coach Frankie Lim during a volleyball match at SBC gym.