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Cagayan takes frustrations out on struggling Coast Guard



After dropping their highly-anticipated matchup against PLDT last Sunday, the Cagayan Valley Lady Rising Suns needed only three sets to demolish the floundering Coast Guard Lady Dolphins, 25-17, 25-10, 25-19 in the Shakey’s V-League Open Conference first round of elimination at the San Juan Arena.

Still playing without team captain Angeli Tabaquero, who suffered a right should injury in their last game, Cagayan’s play was fluent all the way as they pulled good performances from everyone that played. The Lady Rising Suns delivered 44 attacks to Coast Guard’s 27 while also giving the Lady Rising Suns’ service reception fits with nine aces.

San Beda product Janine Marciano led Cagayan in scoring for the second straight game with 10 markers. Multi-league MVP, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas added nine markers.

Coast Guard team captain Rossan Fajardo had a splendid game offensively considering she just played yesterday in a different league. She once again led the Lady Dolphins in points with 15 but didn’t get any significant offensive support from her teammates.

Being the perfectionist that he is, Cagayan coach Nes Pamilar revealed in a postgame press conference that he was still unsatisfied with his team’s output considering the level of play his team encounters in practice. “May mga pinapagawa kami sa kanila sa ensayo na hindi pa rin namin nakikita sa game. Sabi ko naman sa kanila kahit sino pa ‘yung kalaban dapat same pa rin ‘yung intensity,” Pamilar said.

Cagayan will next face Navy on April 26 while Coast Guard will try to nab its first win against Army on April 30.

The Scores:

Cagayan (3) – Marciano 10, Maizo-Pontillas 9, Meneses 7, Eulalio 7, Vargas 7, Sagun 6, Soriano 5, Saet 2, Benito 2, Sy 0, Pineda (L), Gillego (L)

Coast Guard (0) – Fajardo 15, Magsumbol 6, Montero 3, Macabuhay 3, Yunul 2, Rosale 1, Espelita 1, Chu 0, Serrato 0, Valencia 0, Abrencia 0, Acepcion (L)


Miguel Luis Flores fell face first into sports writing in high sch9l and has never gotten up. He reluctantly stumbled into the volleyball beat when he started with Tiebreaker Times three years ago. Now, he has waded through everything volleyball - from its icky politics to the post-modern art that is Jia Morado's setting.