BTTHS Books 2nd Win in National Girls Volleyball

Back-to-back huge games made the Bacolod Tay Tung High School (BTTHS) Thunderbolts presence felt in the ongoing Rebisco Girls Volleyball Season 15 National League of Champions at the Sta. Rosa City Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna.

After winning a stunner against Far Eastern University in its game opener, the Thunderbolts continue to dominate in Pool B with a 2-set sweep against University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) of Cebu.

The Bacolod-based volleybelles played on even turf with their Cebuana counterparts in the early part of the game, 4-3, eventually gained momentum surged to a comfortable 6-point lead. With the Thunderbolts earning the confidence, they controlled the game flow onwards and sealed the opening set on Joan Marie Monares’ attack, 25-17.

In the second set, it was a seesaw game for both squads, until USJ-R successfully scored an attack at the Tay Tung’s central defense for an 18-17 lead – forcing Thunderbolts coach Evelyn Aguillon to call a timeout.

Off the breather, Tay Tung scored on USJR’s service error to tie the game anew 18-all but, the Cebu-based team took back the lead with 2 straight points for a 20-18 edge.

On the play, Joan Doguna hit an open attack from the right, though, was blocked by USJ-R but, went out. Then, Monares connected another quick play to equalize the scoreboard, 20-all as Doguna scored back-to-back service aces to extend Thunderbolts’ lead, 22-20.

However, Danielle Marie Malazarte made a strong hit at the middle court to cut the lead, 22-21 but, another perfect shot from Monares restored Tay Tung’s lead, 23-21.

With momentum on Tay Tung’s side, captain Shane Carmona hit a solid shot passed the USJR blockers but her attempt went out – giving the Cebu volleybelles the chance to put the game closer, 23-22.

However, Malazarte committed a service error to keep Tay Tung on top, 24-22. USJ-R has the chance to extend the game with Shiela Mae Kiseu’s shot checked by Tay Tung to stay alive, 24-23.

But, Alyssa Bertolano hit a strong attack from the left, though, was blocked, however, went out as the Thunderbolts sealed their second win in the tournament.*