Green Spikers conclude beach volleyball tourney with signs of improvement
Published on September 1st, 2014 | by Tricia Cruz
The Green Spikers ended their UAAP Season 77 beach volleyball tournament winless in seven games but demonstrated an unwavering spirit that almost earned them a win or two.
Bitten by the hounds
On Saturday, they took a tough blow from NU after losing in straight sets, 19-21, 10-21.
Levin Dimayuga and Jopet Movido were trailing in the beginning of the first set and was able to catch up by working on their setting and blocking but NU’s attacks proved to be stronger and was able to get the set, 19-21.
During the second set, it was the same story as NU dominated DLSU by getting the early lead. Though the Taft-based duo tried to cope with the intensity of NU. However, it grew tougher and after suffering from reception errors, it cost them the set, 10-21.
With this, their coach, Jose Roque, said that the team needed the heart to fight and added: “They need the will to win tsaka more experience and exposure will help them gain their confidence as well as techniques sa beach volley.”
In the end, the team is hoping to end this season with a win as they go up against University of the East, August 31 at 11:30am.
Came fighting ’till the end
UE outran La Salle in men’s beach volley in three sets, 19-21, 21-18, 11-15.
In the first set, the Green Spikers delivered good attacks but their unforced errors and UE’s backrow hits saw them grab the first set, 19-21.
During the second set, it was a different story as the Green Spikers improved their reception, blocking and registered excellent digs for them to stay alive to force the game into a deciding set following a 21-18 second set win.
However, in the third set, Dimayuga and Movido started slowly at 0-4. They were was able to catch up by delivering down the line hits to tie the score but UE adjusted as they continued to lead La Salle winning by 4 points, 11-15.
With this, the Green Spikers ended their beach volley campaign at 0-7, but will prepare as they aim to have a major comeback next season.