Defending champion National Capital Region overpowered Western Visayas, 25-5, 25-21, to take the top seeding in Pool A of the Shakey’s Girls Volleyball League Season 11 Tournament of Champions yesterday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.
The Hope Christian High School-bannered NCR swarmed WV’s Central Philippines University with a load of powerful, well-placed kills and efficient service en route to the rout that completed their sweep of the four-game elims of the event sponsored by Shakey’s and organized by Metro Sports.
The NCR belles emerged as the top semifinal qualifier from Pool A and will face the Pool B number 2, most likely New Zealand (2-1 at presstime), in today’s Final Four in the morning matches.
The finals will be held at 4 p.m.
WV, which finished with a 3-1 record, settled for No. 2 in Pool A and will meet Pool B topnotcher Central Visayas (4-0), in the other semis encounter of the event backed by Mikasa, Asics, Tune Hotel, Burlington, BioFresh, Food Health, YSA Botanica and Science Magazine.
Justine Dorog punched in seven hits while Caryl Sandoval and Ma. Lina Isabel Molde added six points apiece to power NCR to victory.
With Sandoval, Dorog and Molde doing the damage, NCR stormed to a 14-3 lead right in the first set.
It was total domination in the opener as NCR had 11 attacks against only two for WVI to go with two aces and a block. The Visayans committed a whopping eight errors to hasten their fall.
Meanwhile, Mindanao ended its campaign in Pool B on a winning note after disposing of Eastern Visayas in a tightly-fought three-set encounter, 25-23, 21-25, 25-23.