Can SWU-Phinma go all the way?

Cebu Daily News - - SPORTS - By John Carlo A. Vil­laruel COR­RE­SPON­DENT

It’s the un­ex­pected that makes sports great. The South­west­ern Univer­sity (SWU)-Phinma girls vol­ley­ball team knows this by heart.

It’s be­cause the Baby Co­bras had to go through the eye of a nee­dle be­fore forg­ing a cham­pi­onship show­down with the Univer­sity of South­ern Philip­pines Foun­da­tion (USPF) in the F2 Lo­gis­tics Ce­safi girls vol­ley­ball tour­na­ment.

SWU-Phinma found it­self in a world of trou­ble early in the semi­fi­nal round af­ter los­ing its open­ing as­sign­ment to USPF, putting the Baby Co­bras a loss away from be­ing elim­i­nated.

To make things worse, SWUPhinma’s next semi­fi­nal as­sign­ment was against the Univer­sity of San Jose-Reco­le­tos (USJ-R), which it last beat on Oct. 11, 2015.

But in­stead of giv­ing up, the Baby Co­bras re­fused to fold up and dis­played heart, grit and de­ter­mi­na­tion to stun USJ-R be­fore blast­ing the Univer­sity of Cebu to make the fi­nals for the first time since it won the crown in 2015.

SWU head coach Roy Ulan is hop­ing his girls could carry the mo­men­tum this week­end when they gun for their sec­ond crown in league his­tory.

“As a coach, I’m re­ally happy and sat­is­fied with what the girls are show­ing this sea­son,” said the sopho­more head coach Ulan.

Ulan added that the team’s com­mu­ni­ca­tion in­side and floor de­fense would play a cru­cial role in their fi­nals se­ries against the Baby Pan­thers, a team which has dra­mat­i­cally im­proved this sea­son.

“The ag­gres­sive­ness of the play­ers on de­fense and the prepa­ra­tion for the game will re­ally help us against USPF. This was re­ally my ex­pec­ta­tion that we make it to the fi­nals and now we are here, ev­ery­thing will just de­pend on the hard work of the play­ers,” Ulan shared.

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