Enderun wins 16th Women’s Colleges Sports Association (WCSA) Volleyball Championship
By Sonny Alfonso
Photos by Messrs Ong and Samaniego, fathers of our players.
Enderun has played the San Beda Alabang Varsity many times and has often defeated them. On March 25, Sunday, the two teams faced each other again for the final last game in the series of the 16th championship at Rizal Memorial Stadium.
In the first game, San Beda players confidently, matching Enderun’s points, but Enderun pulled away at the end and won the first game 25-23.
In the second game, the Lady Red Lions grew bolder and landed telling spikes in the Enderun midcourt and backcourt. Lady Titans also made several unforced errors, giving away the game to San Beda 25-14!
This riled the Lady Titans, and veteran spikers Ja Reyes, Pau Ong, Jamie Tiu, Queenie Ascutia and Soph de la Torre bit the bullet to score against the net, the midcourt and end zone. Jemima Gomez, Anaia Samaniego and Maimai Bello held the mid court with their digs and sets, the three also scoring. Jemima, a freshman, made several blocks and spikes.
In the excitement Rox Aputen and Ja Reyes collided, both pretty badly bruised. “The pain in my left knee and my calf was excruciating,” said Ja Reyes. “Feel na feel ko yung luha na pumapatak sa mukha ko bago magserve yung kalaban. Lumuluha ako pero nung nareceive ko na yung bola and my teammate scored, I forced myself to fight. That’s when I realized that my teammates always got my back, no matter what.” The Titans gained their second game, 25-15.
The Bedans, now rattled, began to make several unforced errors and couldn’t break the Titan block defense. The Lady Titans regained their momentum and spiked their way to the final third win, 25-14.
The team was giddy with victory, the 16th WCSA championship plus three individual medals won by Jamie Tiu as MVP, Jas Reyes as Best Outside Spiker and Paulina Ong as Best Opposite Spiker. “After 2 years of hardships and being the 2nd runner up, finally we claimed it!” Said Ja Reyes.
Victory credits are gratefully shared with supportive coaches: Head coach, Ariel Dong Dela Cruz; Assistant Coach; Jeffrey Malabanan; Conditioning coach, Lou Regidor.