Iriga bags first win, dumps travel-weary Baguio
Mark Escarlote on Jun 01, 2016 06:45 PM
Iriga City demolished Baguio in straight sets to bounce back from an opening day loss.
Iriga City banked on another sizzling performance from their bomb squad Grazielle Bombita and Shola Alvarez as the Lady Uragons snatched their first win in the 13th V-League Open Conference Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan.
Looking sharper than their debut two days ago, the Lady Uragons easily dismantled the travel-weary Baguio Summer Spikers, 25-22, 25-17, 26-24, to join opening day tormentors Laoag Power Smashers at 1-1 win-loss slate.
Bombita, a product of University of Nueva Caceres in Naga City, unleashed another scoring barrage finishing with 15 points including 13 powerful kills while Jose Rizal University standout Shola Alvarez dropped 11 markers to lead Iriga City.
Perpetual help star setter Shyrra Cabriana dished out 26 excellent sets while Edcel Co had eight markers for the Bicolanas.
Head coach Elvis Pabilonia said that they have fully adjusted with the level and brand of play of the league.
“Ok naman nakaka-adjust na. Nu’ng first game kasi naninibago sila sa venue, sa crowd at nasa live coverage pa sila kaya parang kinakabahan pa,” said Pabilonia.
The Lady Uragons took advantage of the tired Summer Spikers, who arrived in Manila at 2:00 a.m. Wednesday after a long tiring drive from the Summer Capital, leaning on the shoulders of Bombita and Alvarez.
Baguio showed resistance in the third set when Iriga City mayor Madelaine Alfelor-Gazmen saw action for the first time, leading by four midway in the frame. Alvarez tied the set at 22 on a hit before Bombita scored on a cross court smash.
Summer Spikers veteran Krissian Tsuchiya extended the set with an off the block point after Iriga moved at match point before the Lady Uragons took the next two points.
Tsuchiya scored 12 points while Carmela Dicksen had eight for Baguio, which drove back north after the game as some of their players are set to compete in the ongoing Intercollegiate tournament there.
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