USPF boys buck slow start, nears semis in Ce­safi vol­ley­ball

Cebu Daily News - - SPORTS - /COR­RE­SPON­DENT JOHN CARLO A. VIL­LARUEL

AF­TER a slow start to the sea­son, the Uni­ver­sity of South­ern Philip­pines Foun­da­tion (USPF) is start­ing to flash its cham­pi­onship pedi­gree as the young Pan­thers moved just a win away from the semi­fi­nals af­ter sur­viv- ing the Cebu In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy- Uni­ver­sity (CIT-U) yes­ter­day, 25-15, 20-25, 25-10 in the F2 Lo­gis­tics Ce­safi boys vol­ley­ball tour­na­ment at the Uni­ver­sity of San Car­los (USC) Main Gym.

The vic­tory pushed the Baby Pan­thers back to sec­ond place with a 2-1 (win-loss) card while CIT-U dropped to 1-3.

Af­ter a crazy off­sea­son which saw their key play­ers Alechan Ab­suelo, fi­nals Most Valu­able Player (MVP) Pol Sal­vador and Ruel Sarnejo leav­ing the team, it looked like the Baby Pan­thers are ready to give up their quest for back-to­back ti­tles as they fell short in their sea­son de­but to the Uni­ver­sity of Cebu (UC), 12-25, 25-10, 25-19.

How­ever, that loss seemed only to rekin­dle the fire in USPF’s belly as they took down the Cebu Doc­tors Uni­ver­sity (CDU), 25-8, 25-16 last Sept 3. be­fore sur­viv­ing the gritty CITU squad yes­ter­day.

Next up for the Baby Pan­thers in the Don Bosco Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter on Sept. 23.

“Na ma wilang­gyod mi. One win na lang. Man in gk a mot lang­gyod mi para maka­su­lod sa semis,” said USPF head coach Ce­cil Jo­to­jot

Also in boys ac­tion, UC capped off its un­beaten run with an im­pres­sive, 25-15, 25-12 vic­tory over win­less CDU for a lead­ing 4-0 card.

Mean­while, the Uni­ver­sity of San Jose-Reco­le­tos also kept its im­mac­u­late record in­tact af­ter notch­ing its fourth straight win by crush­ing UC, 25-14, 25-22 for the lead in the girls’ cat­e­gory with a 4-0 mark while USC blasted CDU, 25-5, 25-16 for its sec­ond win in five games.

In other girls matches, the South­west­ern Uni­ver­sity-Phinma so­lid­i­fied its hold of sec­ond spot with a 3-1 mark af­ter up­set­ing reign­ing cham­pi­ons Sa­cred Heart School Ate­neo de Cebu, 16-25, 25-10, 25-12 which fell to fourth place (2-2) while USPF moved up to third (2-1) with a, 25-7, 25-7 spank­ing of Cebu East­ern Col­lege.

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