WESTERN Visayas flashed top form and clobbered Northern Luzon, 25-10, 25-5, while NCR-South rallied from a first-set setback to turn back Central Luzon, 21-25, 25-20, 25-17, at the start of the Shakey’s Girls Volleyball Tournament-of-Champions at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium Monday.
Princess Anne Robles, playing out of Central Philippine University, and Rafael Lacson Memorial High School standout Bernadeth Pons combined for 12 kills as the WV bets stamped their class early then completed their domination of their rivals for the easy straight-set win in Pool B.
The NCR spikers, on the other hand, needed to fight back to repulse a tough Central Luzon side in Pool A action, and join Western Visayas in the early lead in the week-long tournament sponsored by Shakey’s and organized by Metro Sports.
Caryl Sandoval of Angelicum College blasted six hits and came away with four blocks, while Melanie Torres added five kills to rally NCR-South past Central Luzon in the event backed by Toby’s Sports, Mikasa as official ball, Tune Hotels as official residence of T-of-C, Asics, and Volley Prep.
Victoria, a champion team from Australia and the lone guest squad in the 10-team field which gathers the winners of various regional elims, is playing with Central Visayas at post time.
eanwhile, action resumes Tuesday) with a heavy six-game bill with Southern Luzon and Eastern Visayas bracing for a tough outing with two matches, with the former battling Mindanao at 2 p.m. and NCR-South at 5 p.m. in Pool A, and the latter clashing with Central Visayas at 1 p.m. and Northern Luzon at 6 p.m. in Pool B.
The top two winners in each side after the single round elims will advance to the crossover semis with the winners disputing the crown in a one-game finale on Saturday.