After struggling to minimize their errors, the volleyball team from the University of St. La Salle Bacolod (USLS) won against the Silliman University (SU) Stallions in three straight sets during their second match in the 2nd SU-USLS Dual Meet Men’s Volleyball competition last Aug. 23 at the SU gymnasium.
With the scores 25-12, 25-13 and 30-28, the Green Stingers held a four to zero lead at the start of the first set. Their ball services made it hard for the SU Stallions to receive properly.
It was only during the middle of the sets when SU Stallions’ number 18, JM Gatchallian, started adding points for the team, but it was too late for them to tie or surpass the opponent.
During the third set, the Stallions tried to chase and inch the score closer. With the help of number 2, Ariel Tag, the team was able to run the game up to 28 a piece. But the miscommunication and reception errors of the team cost them to give up the set and the match, 30-28.
The team also lost its first game against USLS with a score of 3-1 last Aug. 22.
“Even though we lost the two games, we gained the confidence and the experience. We learned that in order to win games, we need teamwork, cooperation, and confidence to give 100 percent in every game,” said JM Gatchallian, the team captain of SU Stallion Men’s Volleyball team.
Gatchallian also added that the lack of teamwork inside the court and the pressure from the audience made it harder for them to focus and win a single match.
Meanwhile, Coach Roger Vanzuela of the USLS Men’s Volleyball team, said: “[SU Men’s Volleyball team] are also good but the problem [is that] they are not exposed to so many competitions. So the solution is to create more tournaments and invite other teams, like what we are doing.”
On the other hand, the women’s volleyball team also lost to USLS Women’s team both during their first and second matches. According to Maharlika Golosino, team captain of SU Women’s Volleyball, their defense and attack errors contributed to their defeat.
Only the SU men’s chess team and women’s swimming team bagged 1st places in all categories in the entire dual meet.
The SU men’s and women’s lawn tennis teams also won their matches against USLS. However, the badminton teams from SU lost in all categories with four draws in women’s doubles.
Meanwhile, both the table tennis men and women teams in the singles and doubles categories were not able to win first place.
In basketball men category, SU lost to USLS both in the first and second match with a score of 79-50 and 78-67. In football, the score between SU and USLS’s game was 0-3. A draw decision was also declared in the 2nd match last Aug. 23 with a score of 0-0.
Meanwhile, Asst. Prof. Dionesio Piñero II, Physical Education Department head and organizer of the dual meet, said that the meet strengthened the relationship between SU and USLS.
“I will still be writing for the vice president for development… that we can choose a point person who [can] finance our varsity athletes, maybe an [alumnus] or a company,” Piñero said.
By Ray Chen S. Bahinting