Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Southwestern upsets San Sebastian in V-League volleyball tourney

Posted by chardyboy on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 0 comments

source: By Cedelf P. Tupas
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines— A couple of firsts transpired in the Shakey’s V-League on Tuesday—one an amazing upset, the other a controversial loss by forfeiture.

Cebu-based Southwestern University pulled off a feat no other provincial team has fashioned out before: Beat powerhouse San Sebastian.

Almost lost in the din of Southwestern’s stunning upset was Adamson’s defeat by forfeiture to Perpetual Help earlier, marking the first time in the league that such an incident happened.

The Falcons prevailed, 25-20, 25-15, 25-19, but league commissioner Tonyboy Liao had already declared the Lady Altas the winner after Adamson coach Dulce Pante sent in an ineligible player in Faye Guevarra in the second set.

The Lady Cobras from Southwestern neutralized the San Sebastian Lady Stags’ power and produced a superb attacking game late in the fourth set on their way to a 24-26, 25-23, 25-23, 25-20 win in the First Conference of Season 8 at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Erika Camille Verano poured 18 points, 14 off kills, while Danika Yolanda Gendrauli contributed 17 as the Lady Cobras improved to 2-1, after dropping their first match against Lyceum.

Playing their first game of the tournament, the Lady Stags looked rusty despite the presence of former national team standout Cherry Macatangay and Suzanne Roces.

“We saw San Sebastian’s weakness in their floor defense,” said SWU coach Jordan Paca. “They did not know where we were going to put the ball.”

Paca added: “We’re happy that the fans in Metro Manila are appreciating the provincial team’s performances.”

Perpetual found itself as the unlikely leader in Group B with a 2-0 record, while Adamson fell to 1-1.
The crowd actually had no inkling that Perpetual had already won as the match reached the third set.
Liao said Adamson exceeded the number of guest players with three by sending in Guevarra. The player was not part of the Falcons’ lineup in the UAAP.

Adamson already had two guest players in former collegiate stars Michelle Laborte and Neriza Bautista. A special provision in the league allows three guest players in the squad, provided they are all students.

Pante said the league should have at least informed them of the violation when the lineups of the schools were submitted.

“The rule was not clarified,” said Pante, who has steered the Lady Falcons to two V-League crowns, including last season’s second conference.


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