Air Force (Men’s) and Army (Women’s) win National Volleyball Open

July 6, 2008 (Sunday) at the Rizal Technological (RTU) gymnasium. The PVF National Open 2008 has ended with a bang. The Philippine Air Force (Men’s) and Philippine Army (Women’s) reigned supreme during the tournament. Along with the afternoon heat was the air of excitement and anticipation of what would happen as the four finalists battle it out for the prestige of being the National Open champions.

Earlier, the Philippine Army Men’s Team bagged the 2nd Runner up trophy by beating the Philippine Navy team in three straight sets. Too bad I wasn’t able to catch this game. On the women’s division, it was the 2nd Runner up match between RP Youth and Philippine Air Force (women’s) Team. The more experienced ladies of the team Air Force prevailed in three straight sets.

Women’s Finals: An all-star game everyone has long been looking for

Tension filled the RTU gymnasium as both teams started to warm-up for the championship match. This match was highly anticipated since both teams boast of veteran volleyball players. You have volleyball living legends like Joan Botor-Carpio, Ces Tabuena, Michelle Laborte, and Michelle Carolino to name a few. You also have very promising volleybelles like Sang Laguilles, Beverly Boto, Mary Jean Balse, and Dahlia Cruz. It was an all-star women’s volleyball match-up simply put.

Joan Bunag and Mary Jean Balse of team Philippine Army provided most of offense for their team. On the other hand, it was veteran Micmic Laborte who led her team’s defensive onslaught with her impeccable blocking. Philippine Army setter Botor-Carpio showed versatility as she did some serious spiking herself. Being an all-around player, Sang Laguilles made excellent digs and made some excellent quick plays together with teammate Beverly Boto. The famous Carolino sisters (Mayette and Michelle) also performed well during the match with their hard-hitting spikes.

There were two controversial calls made by the referees. People watching the game live roared in disbelief. But this seemed to have made the match even more exciting. The second set ended at 29-27 in favor of team Philippine Army to even the match at 1 set a piece. In the end, the team Philippine Army emerged as the champions.

Men’s Finals: The veterans versus the newbies

The defending champions team Philippine Air Force declared war against the newbie team Klownz as they played for the men’s volleyball championship title for the 2008 National Volleyball Open (organized by the Philippine Volleyball Federation – PVF). Jessie Lopez of team Air Force performed his setting game consistently as expected. He made kills out of his timely drop shots and occasional regalo spikes. His teammate Verayo(#2) performed flawlessly as he hammered the other side of the court with his powerful spikes.

As for team Klownz, they relied on Allen Mendoza, Labide and Gavino as they tried to survive the game. It seemed their opponents were unstoppable. Team Klownz suffered the absence of Canlas, one of their key players.

Alinsunurin (#9) of team Air Force provided amazing back row attacks. Merza (#13) and Dacurong (#7) also contributed significant points for team Air Force. Mendoza of team Klownz was spiking it hard all throughout the game to anchor his team. But the Air Force was just outplaying them. The Philippine Air Force has successfully retained their championship title as they defeated team Klownz in three straight sets.

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thanks kuya marc!!!!

hanggang ngayon may hang-over pa ako… sarap ng feeling ng nandun kami.. dream matches lahat ng laro… sana maulit uli!!!!

OK! I wasn’t there…
So sad…

Congratulations to the winners!

sana meron you tube ng championship ng women national open volleyball pls….

sana my you tube ng game championship ng womens

you will a lot if you missed this championship round of PVF- which focus on the men’s side of volley games – compared to shakey’s v-league which focus on the women’s side hopeflley someday they will feature the men’s side. It was nostalgia to see old-legend-new face and not so old players of the Volleyball Society in the Philippines- they get fat, obese, mother , father, lola and lolo of the new generation of volleybal . When we recall the days when we were just in college- those were days with WHITE VOLLEYBALL balls, with 15 points set- side -out point system,, without libero, running spike- not so familiar jump serve and back spike- these are some but the new innovations, technicality and skills of the 2000 Volleyball. as FIVB has gather in Dubai, they will create innovations -like the new color of the balls and the less impact- new technical rules and calls, now even 2 liberos in the line up as defense specialist, even foreign players can play like Ms. aguero -the former Cuban player who is now playing in Italian Women’s team.

“…When we recall the days when we were just in college- those were days with WHITE VOLLEYBALL balls, with 15 points set- side -out point system…”

sir jeo, lumalabas ang edad ha.. hehehe.. joke lang po….

although maganda talaga ang match-up ng women’s, malaki ang naging papel ng men’s division… feel ko lang na inabangan talaga yung matches ng men’s tapos mas madami pa silang entry..

yeah, sayang. sana magkaroon ng men’s division ang shakey’s v-league. better yet, i hope they come up with a professional league for both men and women.
to the author of this article, joan botor-carpio played for the navy. ^^
i would say the men’s championship match would’ve been a lot different if canlas were there.
taismary agüero has been playing for the italian national for two years now. even so, her case has nothing to do with any fivb rule peculiar to it (fivb). rather she plays because of a change in citizenship.

@jeo sanjose: Yeah a friend-slash-volleyball-addict told me that the 31st World FIVB Congress last June in Dubai has recently approved the following new rules:

1. total number of players in team will now be 14 (instead of 12 before)

2. there will be 2 liberos in a team lineup, but cannot be used at the same time inside the court.

I’m kinda curious as to how the “new” volleyball will look like. Anybody knows where we can get picture?

astig ung bagong bola,scifi ang dating saka mukhang masarap gamitin,magpapalit na nga ako pag lumabas na d2 yan

@sLy-xy: Astig!!!Thanks for the info. I posted it na 🙂

allen mendoza’s interview is coming up…

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