LIPA CITY, BATANGAS—MRT-Negros scored its first win in the PNVF Champions League after escaping Sabong International, 25-22, 25-16, 21-25, 21-25, 15-12, Monday at the Aquamarine Recreational Center here.
The Negrenses surged to a quick 2-0 lead in the match before surrendering the next two to Sabong International.
“Nangyari kasi parang nag low morale kami nung natalo kami nung fourth set e,” said Negros head coach Ralph Savellano, who is also celebrating his birthday today.
MRT Negros then climbed back from three points down in the final set before Christian Marcelino converted back-to-back attacks to put the team at match-point, 14-12.
Jet Nonoy then completed the win with a hit in the ensuing play.
“Ang sinabi ko sa kanila it’s all about will to win at attitude kaya pinush ko sila nang pinush [tapos] bumalik yung intensity nila,” said Savellano.
Matthew Salarzon scattered 11 attacks, five blocks, and two aces for a game-high 18 points in the win.
“Ako ano, happy ako at excited kasi first time ko dito at makakalaban ko ‘yung mga ibang idol namin sa volleyball,” expressed the 18-year-old outside hitter from Living Stones International School.
Marcelino added 16 points and 10 digs for MRT Negros. Nonoy chipped in 12 markers, while Leo Ordiales had 11.
The Negrenses now have a 1-0 slate in Pool B. Meanwhile, Sabong International slid to the bottom with a 0-1 standing.
Leading Sabong International is Charles Absin with 15 points.
Mark Rocamora finished with 14 points. Ramil Dela Cruz had 13 points, seven digs, and six receptions.
MRT Negros will take on Team Dasma next tomorrow at 10:30 AM. Meanwhile, Sabong International looks to bounce back against Global Remit later in the day at 4:00 PM.