TEAM DASMA, GLOBAL REMIT, VNS SECURE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMIS SPOT
Team Dasmariñas, VNS Manileño Spikers, and Global Remit completed the semifinal cast of the men’s Champions League of the Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) after winning respective games on Wednesday at the Aquamarine Sports Complex.
Team Dasma completed a three-match sweep of Pool A with a victory over Sabong International Spikers, 25-20, 25-21, 25-23, clinching the top spot in Pool B.
VNS Manileño Spikers chipped in a dominating win over the Basilan Steel Spikers Amin-Anak Mindanao, 25-17, 25-22, 25-23, nabbing the Pool A’s No. 2.
Global Remit secured the last seat to the Final Four Stage after beating MRT-Negros, 25-21, 25-19, 25-23, forging a do-or-die battle with unbeaten Pool A leader Go For Gold Air Force.
Joeven Dela Vega willed Global Remit to victory with 12 points, including two blocks, aside from his leadership that keyed his team’s victory.
Global and Sabong each had four points but earned the semifinals berth via the sets ratio.
“Siguro thankful kami, hanggang sa huli kumapit pa kami meron pa kaming pagasa sa semis. Actually ang hirap bago namin nagawa ito kasi alam nga natin pandemic. Ang tagal naming nabuo halos three days lang yata kami nakapagbola, puro simple lang ginawa namin,” Global Remit coach Egay Rusit said.
Meanwhile, Matthew Salazar led Negrenses with 12 points for their team to drop its second straight loss and fall in the classification battle against Pool A cellar-dweller Basilan on Thursday at 1:30 pm.
The winner of Negros-Basilan advances in the Battle for Fifth place against Sabong International on Friday.
Ben San Andres continues to pace VNS with 13 points along with 13 receptions and six digs as they clinched the last semis berth in Pool A with a 25-17, 25-22, 25-23 victory over Basilan.
“Sabi ko nga sa kanila do or die game. Matagal na kaming nagte-training mga two months, ang pinaka winoworry talaga namin kasi is most of my players are mga bagets pa. Sinabi ko lang sa kanila we need to stick doon sa system na ginagawa namin sa defense and attack tapos lalabas yung result kung magagawa namin ng tama,” Manileno coach Ralph Ocampo shared.
On the other hand, Gampong nailed eight attacks, three blocks, and an ace to keep Dasma unbeaten in three games, while Calado chimed in 11 markers.