MANILA, Philippines – Jade Disquitado paved the way for Iloilo D’Navigators as they beat defending champions National University-Archipelago 25-23, 25-20, 25-21, to take the top spot early in the tournament. Spikers 2023 ‘ Turf Open Conference on Sunday at Paco Arena.
Disquitado, once again, gives Navigators the advantage with the highest 16 in the game after 14 kills, one block and one trump card to wipe out the Builders – NU Team B is playing for home champion last year – in just 90 minutes.
Playmaker John Michael Apolinario put in a brilliant 22 sets to let Iloilo dominate NU in attack, 41-27, as Deanne De Pedro and Jerome Cordez each scored nine points, while Mfena Gwaza scored. get 3 points to score another 7 points.
Iloilo coach John Kenneth Panes was pleased to see his players stick to their game plan to take an early 2-0 lead thanks to Imus.
“We are happy to have won two in a row because I have told my players to just follow our game plan because we have considered [NU] game. We just got ready to fight them,” Panes said in Filipino.
“I am very grateful to our manager Ilonggo for giving us the opportunity to play here on Spikers’ Turf. Iloilo is good at volleyball so we wanted to represent our province in Manila.”
Dante Alinsunurin’s team lost 0-2, although he excelled in the number of saves with a score of 10-5, but his young players committed 27 errors.
No one from NU scored twice as many points with Mac Bandola leading with eight points, while Rwenzmel Taguibolos, Joseph Bello and Jan Abanilla each added six points.
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