BINAN CITY — RC Cola-Army brandished its full might as it crushed a young New San Jose Builders side, 25-15, 25-20, 25-15, in the 2016 PLDT Home Bro Ultera Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitational Conference women’s volleyball tournament at the Alonte
Flaunting a well-balanced offensive attack topped with a handful defensive gems, the Lady Troopers were unstoppable dominating the Victorias in just an hour and 11 minutes en route to their third win in this premier inter-club tourney backed by Asics, Mikasa, Senoh, Mueller and grand Sports with TV5 as official broadcaster partner.
Jovelyn Gonzaga led the scoring parade but it was Rachel Anne Daquis and Honey Royse Tubino who delivered killer punches early on that left San Jose Builders grasping for form.
Gonzaga, who skippered the national team in the 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore last year, fired 10 kills and three aces to finish with 14 points while Daquis and Tubino delivered 12 and 11 points respectively for the Lady Troopers who will close their first-round campaign without losing a single set.
“It was a job well done,” said RC Cola-Army coach Kungfu Reyes. “We took it easy early on so I told the girls that we should not count San Jose Builders out. They are young and aggressive. Fortunately, they responded and came up strong in the second and third sets.”
Owners of the league’s first three titles, the Lady Troopers kicked off the match with some rust on their arsenal.
The Victorias raced to a 6-3 advantage as the 6-foot-3 Lourdes Clemente, Jamela Suyat and Coleen Bravo engineered an early assault in a bid to throw the Lady Troopers off their comfort zone. Tubino and Gonzaga however caught fire to take a 10-7 advantage before San Jose Builders made another coup to square the count at 11.
But it proved to be the last stand of the Victorias.
Daquis and Gonzaga restored order as they peppered the defense with furious attacks to put the Lady Troopers safely ahead, 21-13. A hit from Joanne Bunag followed by an error from San Jose Builders gave RC Cola-Army its biggest lead, 23-13, to take the first set.
“The first set dictated the tempo of the game,” Reyes said. “We gained a lot of confidence after surviving their fight back in the first set, giving us an easy time in the next two sets.”
Clemente nailed eight points while Suyat had seven markers for San Jose Builders, which is bannered by the stars from National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) runner up University of Perpetual Help.
The Victorias fell to 0-3.
Games on March 8: (Filoil Flying V Arena)
4 pm — F2 Logistics vs San Jose Builders
6 pm — Petron vs Cignal