The STI College Olympians barely made it to the semi – finals last year as the Our Lady of Fatima University Phoenix shut down their final four hopes by carving out a close 5 set victory that all but halted the hopes of the Olympians for a banner year. As they say, revenge is best served cold as the Olympians bucked a slow start to avenge last year’s loss with an opening day win against the same team 20 - 25, 25-15, 25 -22, 25 - 22 for their first win in the NAASCU opening in four years.
The Olympians relied on the high flying duo of third year BS Computer Engineering high flyer John Ric Amontos and BS HRM Senior Junior Ponce. The two connived to quell every rally mounted by the stubborn Phoenix team. Ably backing up the two are Third year BS Information Technology tosser Rezile Lazaro, Sophomore Computer Science Major striker Jeric Rosas, sophomore BS HRM Rookie Dan Marasigan and, BS Business Management Senior and the Captain Mark Reaño. The six were instrumental in putting the first win for the Olympians in the new season.
Dan Marasigan flies high
The Olympians started tentatively as they got into a maze of errors as the opening day jitters slowly ate them up as their veterans were quite tense which gave the Phoenix a 15 – 8 lead. The Olympians eventually woke up, rallied, lost the first set but eventually got better and there was no denying them the hard earned win over their 2011 tormentors. The game was close in the third and fourth sets with the Olympians showing their poise under pressure by winning the last two sets after both coming from 22 - all ties.
Jeric Rosas on the move
In the other games, CEU and AMA Computer University got twin kills by beating their respective opponents in the Men’s and Women’s division. The Scorpions beat opening day loser City University of Pasay while their Lady Scorpions beat the STI College Lady Olympians. Newly formed Informatics International College suffered twin losses against the AMA Computer University Titans as their Men’s and Women’s Team both got a rude welcome from the Titans. The St Clare College Saints got a split as their women’s team won over the Our Lady of Fatima University Phoenix while venue host New Era University Hunters beat the Men’s team of the Saints. The Titans lead the Men's Division with two wins while CEU, St. Clare and AMA are tied with one win in the distaff side.
Tosser Rezille Lazaro and Jeric Rosas on the block