JR Ponce serving
Height is something that Daniel Trinidad, a third year spiker out of STI College Taft was not blessed. But even though he lacked stature he surely made up for it with his big heart and determination to win. He is the only remnant of the STI College Team that started three seasons ago and his spunk and heart rubbed off on his team mate as he was a big part in the Olympians conquest over the University of Makati Hardy Herons. It was the first win of the Olympians in three years.
The Olympians started slow mainly because some of their main guns arrived late. In the second set, the Hardy Herons erected a 17 - 10 lead and looked poised to take that set too. Unfortunately for them,spikers JR Ponce and John Amontos took turns in blocking the hits of the Herons and they themselves combined to give the surging Olympians the lead and eventually overtake the Herons to take the second set by a whisker 25 - 23.
The Hardy Herons battled back in the third set. They adjusted their attack since most of their spikes were blocked by the big men of the Olympians. Their gambled payed off as they yielded only a few points and got the Olympians mixed up who found it hard to react to the new set of offensive patterns of the Hardy Herons. The result was a third set win and a 2 - 1 lead by the Hardy herons.
Volleyball is a total team effort and the Olympians finally showed their team effort as Trinidad pierced the net, Rezile Lazaro set up the big boys, Team Captain Rhestie Blazo started to click while Ponce, Amontos and Cleng Bascarra ignited a big run to capture the fourth set. The team also held their grown as their momentum carried them to a 15 - 11 fifth set win to give the Olympians breathing ground and more importantly the confidence as they battle their next two opponents.
Finally the Olympians are not the whipping boys of the NAASCU Volleyball anymore and are set to improve on their previous stints as they finally nailed that ever elusive first win. The Olympians need to beat the CEU Scorpions and OLFU Phoenix in their next two assignments to make it to the semifinal round. They dropped their first game against last year's finalist, the San Sebastian College Cavite Baycats. Go STI.