BATANG MAYNILA LADIES WIN METRO-LEAGUE VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT VIA HISTORIC 10-GAME SWEEP

Led by Best coach winner Lord Luna and MVP Hilary Caparas, Batang Maynila ladies receive their gold medals and Metro League volleyball championship trophy from Metro Manila Sports Fest chairman and tournament director Bonnie Tan and his deputy Fidel Mangonon III.

Batang Maynila won the Metro League women’s volleyball title last Tuesday, beating Kyusi@80, 25-17, 23-25, 25-7, and 25-11 in the winner-take-all championship game held at San Andres Sports Complex.

The Batang Maynila ladies of Mayor Isko Moreno won the title via a historic 10-game sweep of the tournament exclusively for LGU city hall employees which was fully backed by the Metro Manila Development Authority and the Philippine Basketball Association and presented by Barangay 143.

Hilary Caparas led Batang Maynila in the title game with her eight attacks, 12 aces, and a block, finishing with a 21-point total which led to her being named Most Valuable Player of the tournament which has SMS Global Technologies, Inc. as official livestream and technology partner, Spalding as official ball, Team Rebel Sports as official outfitter, PLDT as official internet service provider and Manila Bulletin as media partner.

Tournament MVP Hilary Caparas of Batang Maynila receives her trophy and prizes from Metro Manila Sports Fest chairman and tournament director Bonnie Tan and his deputy Fidel Mangonon III.

Batang Maynila stamped its dominance right from the opening set via a 7-2 headstart and a 25-17 first set triumph but Kyusi@80 surprised the former with a close 25-23 win in the second set, the only time Batang Maynila lost a set in the entire tournament which has Synergy 88, World Balance, Excellent Noodles and San Miguel Corporation as major sponsors and Gerry’s Grill, Summit Water, Alcoplus, Nature’s Spring and Goodfellow as its other supporters.

Kyusi@80, led by sports reps Jordan Tolentino and Cecile Ronquillo, with their first runner-up trophy, silvert medals and heads still held high despite losing in the championship game.

The host city then duplicated its 7-2 start in the third canto and capitalized on Kyusi@80’s poor receptions, collecting nine aces to shift the momentum back to its side en route to a third set win before Caparas came up with a serving show in the fourth set via four straight aces for an 10-3 start and Batang Maynila simply coasted along the rest of the way for the title win.

The ladies of Makabagong San Juan defeated the Taguig Lady Generals for third place in the first game.

In the first game, Makabagong San Juan overcame an opening period setback to win over the Taguig Lady Generals in four sets, 25-27,  25-20, 25-11, and 25-15 in the battle for third place. (Eriell Estrada)