USPF de­thrones USC in 2018 Ce­safi boys vol­ley­ball


IT HAD seemed like deja vu from last year’s fi­nals ex­cept that this time, the Uni­ver­sity of South­ern Philip­pines Foun­da­tion ended on top to suc­cess­fully re­claim the cham­pi­onship ti­tle of the Cebu Schools Ath­letic Foun­da­tion, Inc. (Ce­safi) boys vol­ley­ball tour­na­ment, Satur­day night, Novem­ber 10, at its home turf, the USPF gym.

USPF head coach Ce­cil Jo­to­jot shared that it was a relief re­claim­ing what was their’s back in 2016.

“We made an all out ad­just­ment just for this game,” Jo­to­jot said, after USPF emerged as the cham­pion with a 25-16, 25-27, 29-27, 34-32 thrash­ing of de­fend­ing cham­pion Uni­ver­sity of San Car­los (USC) in Game 3 of the fi­nals se­ries.

“Dur­ing Game 2, our at­tacks can­not pen­e­trate with their taller play­ers guard­ing the front­line and agile play­ers at the back as their for­ma­tion. I learned from there so I made al­ter­ations,” Jo­to­jot added.

USPF rookie Amil Pacinio Jr. was de­clared as the Most Valu­able Player of the sea­son.

“The tough train­ing was re­ally worth it. We worked re­ally hard for this big thing to hap­pen,” 16-year-old Pacinio said. Even though it is still his first year, Pacinio also bagged the Best Op­po­site At­tacker award.

“I was not ex­pect­ing to win these awards. All I did was be­lieve in my­self and in the team,” said Pacinio, who added that USC gave them a good fight and that they were fast and had good set­ters.

Two other Carolini­ans were given spe­cial awards, Jan Marc Solon and June Yungco, who were both named Best Out­side At­tack­ers.

The Best Mid­dle Blocker award was shared by Chris John Pas­tor of USC and Christo­pher Claro of USPF while Ruel Sarnejo Jr. got the Best Set­ter award. Named Best Libero was Kobe Bryan Rizaga.

To­day, Game 3 of the Girls Vol­ley­ball best-of-three fi­nals will take place at 5 p.m. at the same venue.

Mean­while, in the col­le­giate semi­fi­nals games, Uni­ver­sity of the Visayas (UV) won against South­west­ern Uni­ver­sity (SWU)- Phinma, 27-25, 22-25, 25-23, 2516, and Cebu In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy- Uni­ver­sity (CIT-U) de­feated Uni­ver­sity of San Jose-Reco­le­tos (USJ-R), 25-21, 23-25, 25-11, 18-25, 15-13, in the men's cat­e­gory.

In the distaff side, USC swept USPF, 25-21, 25-17, 2520, while USJ-R owned the SWU- Phinma, 25-18, 2513, 25-15.


June Wil­fil Yungco of USC man­ages a spike against USPF in Game 3 of their best-of-three fi­nals of the 2018 Ce­safi boys’ vol­ley­ball at the USPF gym.

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