USC vs USPF for Ce­safi boys' vol­ley­ball ti­tle

USC, USPF dis­pute Ce­safi boys’ vol­ley­ball crown

Cebu Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By Ray Char­lie Diaz and Brian Mikhael J. Ochoa

All-sea­son long, the Univer­sity of San Car­los (USC) has strug­gled against the Univer­sity of South­ern Philip­pines Foun­da­tion (USPF) in the Ce­safi boys’ vol­ley­ball tour­na­ment.

But USC head coach Jon­rey Sas­ing has seen some­thing pos­i­tive from his team lately, es­pe­cially in the fi­nals, where his War­riors are de­fend­ing the ti­tle against the Pan­thers.

“I see it in them that they re­ally want to win the ti­tle,” Sas­ing said.

USC and USPF have won a game each in this best-of-three cham­pi­onship se­ries. The de­cid­ing Game 3 will be played Satur­day at the USPF gym with the War­riors look­ing to re­tain the ti­tle and the Pan­thers also aim­ing to bring back the crown to their school.

The Pan­thers, cham­pi­ons in 2016, downed the War­riors, 23-25, 25-18, 25-16, 19-25, 15-13 in Game 1 of the fi­nals. USC tied the se­ries with a 23-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-22, vic­tory in Game 2. That was the first win of USC against USPF this sea­son.

Sas­ing be­lieves his boys have fi­nally fig­ured out the Pan­thers af­ter a long climb.

“I can see the trend that they are im­prov­ing since the start of the sea­son,” Sas­ing said.

Ac­cord­ing to Sas­ing, his wards lost in straight sets to USPF in the elim­i­na­tions. The team man­aged to force a de­ci­sion set in the sec­ond round but still lost. In Game 1, the War­riors pushed the Pan­thers to the limit be­fore los­ing in the fifth and de­cid­ing set by just two points. Then fi­nally, USC was able to beat USPF in Game 2 in four sets.

For Sas­ing, this is a good sign. “I hope the trend con­tin­ues in Game 3,” he said.


USPF coach Fran­cis Louie Aboc also be­lieves USC was the hun­grier team in Game 2.

“I think af­ter the Game 1 vic­tory, the kids re­laxed,” Aboc said.

The Pan­thers made some mi­nor ad­just­ments go­ing into Game 3 to brighten their chances of win­ning the crown.

“USC seems to have known our weak­nesses. So, we are work­ing on our weak­nesses and at the same time de­vel­op­ing our strengths. We need to im­prove team work and com­mu­ni­ca­tion on the court,” Aboc added.

Al­though he is con­fi­dent of his team’s chances, Aboc be­lieves hav­ing the proper mind­set dur­ing game time is what is im­por­tant in a do-or­die game.

“I had to con­di­tion their minds that we have to win this game to bring the crown back to Lahug.”

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