ISAA 14 women’s volley finals: ICCT stays alive, forces rubber match with Game 2 win


By Ricky Manliguis

ICCT Colleges are still in the running for the Inter-Scholastic Athletic Association (ISAA) Season 14 women’s volleyball championship as it churned out a 20-25, 25-15, 25-19, 25-20 win over the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) in Game 2 Tuesday at the UA&P Parking and Sports Building (PSB) in Pasig City.     

Down by a set early on, the Lady Blue Dragons used their crisp service game and stymied the offense of the Lady Dragons bridging the second to fourth sets with their own brand of scoring for the victory and setting up a winner-take-all Game 3 on Thursday.

Newly-minted Best Opposite hitter Mandy Villas led the ICCT offensive with 13 points, all from attacks, including six from the pivotal third set. Christine Angela Del Valle added 10 markers spiked on eight kills, while Richelle Mae Opinga and Karen Camano chipped in nine and eight points in that order.

The Cainta-based squad lorded it over the attacking department, 48-28 while firing six service aces despite committing 42 errors.

“Actually, we had an internal problem with the team, some of the players got into arguments, and that’s why we lost our focus in Game 1. But we were able to regroup through prayers, church, and team building,” said ICCT head coach Sheena Chopitea after the two-hour encounter.   

“What we really worked on in our training was the service because that was what we lacked in Game 1, and good thing it worked. I always tell my players to be strong on the court and not to be complacent when we have the lead,” she later added.  

After exploding for 19 points in Game 1, season MVP Ica Quisel was limited to just 14 points for UA&P with rookie Karina Gequillana cashing in 11 on eight kills, two blocks, and an ace.



Philippine Women’s University captain Christein Joseph Bonus and UA&P’s Ica Quisel bannered the list of individual awardees during Game 1 of the finals on June 8.

Bonus was awarded this season’s Most Valuable Player in the men’s division after anchoring the Patriots squad to an unprecedented seven-game sweep of the tournament, punctuated by the title win over the WCC ATC North Manila Skyhawks in the finals.

Joining him on the Mythical Six were his teammates Best Setter Juan Miguel Galgana, Best Libero Javen Bryll Quindao, and first Best Middle Blocker Jan Neves Climaco.

WCC won four individual wards courtesy of first Best Outside Hitter Danfer Jones Castro, second Best Middle Blockers Vico Jerard Avelino and John Benedict Yangco, and Best Opposite Hitter Sugoru Oe. UA&P’s Timothy James Arciaga was named as second Best Outside Hitter.

Quisel, on the other hand, brought home season MVP honors in the women’s division after leading the Lady Dragons to a finals seat.  Her teammate Ashleigh Carlos was named Best Libero.

ICCT Colleges accounted for three players with awards, among them Richelle Mae Opinga (first Best Outside Hitter), Mandy Julienne Villas (Best Opposite Hitter), and Best Setter recipient April Danica HInanay.  

Rounding the women’s division awardees were WCC’s Ryza Gwyneth Reyes (second Best Outside Hitter) and Zyke Carandang (first Best Middle Blocker), and Rachel Barrientos of Manila Adventist College (second Best Middle Blocker).

Gracing the awarding ceremonies were ISAA president Andie Cristobal of La Consolacion College Manila, board representative Rona Pineda of PWU, and associate secretary Boyet Giron from MAC. 

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