University of Tsukuba rules Super Cup

ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 08, 2019 11:05 PM
University of Tsukuba rules Super Cup
University of Tsukuba reigned supreme in the PSL Super Cup after completing a three-game sweep in the pocket tournament.

University of Tsukuba’s speed and accuracy was too much for the Philippine national women’s volleyball team as the visiting Japanese team carved out a 25-13, 25-21, 25-19, win to complete a sweep of the Philippine Superliga Super Cup on Friday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Exploiting the Nationals’ defensive lapses and numerous unforced errors, Tsukuba dictated the tempo of the game and cruised to an easy win.

The Filipinas, who used the pocket tournament as part of its build up for the 30th Southeast Asian Games just a few weeks from now, did show signs of resistance in the second set only to falter as the Japanese squad mounted a counterattack heading into the closing stretch of the frame.

“For us, good thing na nadi-discover pa namin yung mga pagkukulang namin and knowing din yung kalaban namin, at least nakita din dito sa country natin kung ano talaga ang laro ng Japanese,” said national team coach Shaq Delos Santos. “For us, yan yung isang gino-goal namin. Pero I think kailangan namin ng mahabang preparation, talagang kailangan may magandang plans, so hopefully yung yung next na maging preparation and makuha namin.”

“Hopefully magkaroon kami ng ganung chance para mas mabuo pa namin 'tong team na ‘to,” added Delos Santos.

Marina Takahasi led Tsukuba with 13 points including nine from attacks while Kurumi Takahama finished with eight markers.

No Filipina spiker scored in double figures with team captain Aby Marano and Eya Laure scoring only seven and six points, respectively, for the Philippine team.

Meanwhile, Team Shine completed a come-from-behind victory to frustrate Team Sparkle, 15-25, 18-25, 25-20, 25-22, 17-15.

Down by four, 10-14, Team Shine tied the contest 14-14 before Fritz Gallenero returned Team Sparkle the match point, 15-14.

Eli Soyud and MJ Philips scored on attacks, sandwiching Grethcel Soltones’ error to seal the win for Team Shine.

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