MANILA, Philippines – PGJC-Navy clinched a bronze medal of the Spikers ‘2022 Open Games after a slow start to a 26-28, 25-18, 25-16, 25-23 win over VNS-One Alicia on Saturday at Paco Arena.
Jau Umandal, the league’s and the team’s top scorer, played modestly for the Sealions, but his teammates came forward as Ronniel Rosales led the collective effort with 15 points to beat. Griffins for an hour and 50 minutes.
Navy Captain Greg Dolor delivered 13 points to complete a series of sweeps following a 25-20, 25-19, 25-21 win last Thursday. Joeven Dela Vega and Peter Quiel each added 12 points to their team’s first podium in the tournament.
“We’re delighted that Navy has been playing in this tournament for a long time but has always been unable to step up to the podium,” Dolor said. “Our team only had two months to prepare but we are happy that we fought hard until the last minute.”
EJ Casana has 24 excellent sets while Umandal and Christian Marcelino have 9 and 8 points respectively. Libero Vince Lorenzo defended the floor with 20 excellent catches and 9 digs.
Navy head coach Cecille Cruzada hopes the team will keep its core for the next tournament as she believes they can reach the championship if they come together for the long haul.
“We are pleased with the result despite the new players. Maybe if we keep this squad we can achieve our goals and dreams of winning the title,” said Cruzada.
Ben San Andres, awarded second best outside hitter, lifts the VNS with 19 points, including three aces, to go with 10 receptions and four digs. Kevin Montemayor earned 15 points as they finished fourth.
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