Undermanned Nationals down Animo
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 13, 2019 07:55 PM
Rebisco-Philippines swept Animo despite playing without its four main guns.
Undermanned Rebisco-Philippines leaned on Fauzi Ismail to outmuscle the young Animo Green Spikers, 25-23, 25-14, 25-16, in the 2019 Spikers’ Turf Reinforced Conference at the Paco Arena on Thursday.
The Nationals, who played without top guns Marck Espejo, John Vic De Guzman, Mark Alfafara, and Bryan Bagunas, picked up its sixth game in seven outings.
Ismail fired 13 points to lead Rebisco-PHI while Ranran Abdilla and Rex Intal added 11 and nine, respectively.
“Sa akin basta maging handa lang ‘yung nasa line-up namin, kung sino ‘man ‘yung nasa line-up namin, ang importante is ‘yung sistema namin na sinasabi ko sa kanila lagi is makuha nila,” said national team head coach Dante Alinsunurin. “Matagal pa naman ‘yung preparation kaya hanggat maari, namimili talaga kami sa kanila.”
Ruvince Abrot had 10 points for Animo, which dropped to 4-3 win-loss slate.
Meanwhile, Sta. Elena slipped past the IEM Phoenix Volley Masters in a thrilling five-set showdown, 25-16, 25-22, 21-25, 22-25, 22-20, to open the triple-header.
Ed Camposano posted 24 markers while National U stars Berhashidin Daymil and Nico Almedras chipped in 18 and 14, respectively, to give Sta. Elena its fourth win of the conference.
Razzel Palisoc led the Volley Masters’ gallant stand with 23 points built on 19 attacks, three blocks, and an ace while Mark Enciso contributed 16 points.
Looking to sustain their momentum, the Volleyball Never Stops Volleyball Club (VNS VC) Griffins made quick work of the Philippine Coast Guard Dolphins, 25-22, 25-15, 25-23, later in the day.
French reinforcement Jeremy Merat top scored the game with 14 points built on 10 attacks, two aces and two blocks while Tony Koyfman chipped in seven markers for the 2-3 VNS.
Esmail Kasim tallied 12 points on eight attacks, three aces, and a block for the Dolphins, who have lost seven games in as many tries.