WESTERN Visayas and Central Visayas stormed to their second victories on Tuesday to close in on the semifinals of the Shakey's Girls' Volleyball League Season 11 Tournament of Champions at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.
Roma Joy Doromal had 10 kills and one block as Western Visayas, represented by Central Philippine University, downed Central Luzon's Angeles University Foundation, 25-14, 25-19, to go 2-0 in Pool A.
Central Visayas bets University of San Jose-Recoletos demolished Eastern Visayas’ Leyte National High School, 25-9, 25-14, for the lead in Pool B.
Western Visayas, which played without top hitter Princess Anne Robles (sprain), opened the tournament with a 26-28, 25-17, 25-12 drubbing of a guest team from Victoria, Australia.
"We missed our number one spiker (Robles) but fortunately everyone stepped up," said WVI coach Jeffrey Alcarde said.
With Doromal doing the damage, Western Visayas seized a 17-8 lead against Central Luzon and easily took the first set. The Iloilo-based volleybelles flirted with disaster in the second frame and trailed, 10-14, but woke up in time to secure the set and the match.
Western Visayas joined defending champion NCR at the top of Pool A of the five-day event sponsored by Shakey’s and organized by Metro Sports and backed by Mikasa, Asics, Tune Hotel, Burlington, BioFresh, Food Health and Science Magazine.
The Hope Christian-bannered NCR picked up its second win, beating Central Luzon, 25-18, 25-23.
Central Visayas earlier nipped Mindanao’s Ateneo de Davao, 25-19, 25-18. Therese Rae Ramas paced Central Visayas with five kills, one block and one ace while Paula Marie Maninang and Rica Jane Rivera chipped in with six and five hits, respectively.