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Malabon U belles shine in ROTC Games

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The City of Malabon University shocked the highly touted Technological University of the Philippines, winning in straight sets, 25-13, 25-11, 25-17 at the start of the volleyball event on Monday in the 2023 ROTC Games National Capital Region (NCR) Leg at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum inside the RMSC in Manila.

Jessa Pormocille and Marisol Barcelona dominated the scoring charts with well-calculated blocks, aces, and spikes to forge a rousing start in the Philippine Army competition.

“It’s a big win for us. I’m proud of my team that they were able to overcome the challenge from a much bigger university like TUP.

“I’m sure our school officials will be very much happy with the way we played,” said CMU sports director Jasper Perez. After taking the opening set, 25-13, Pormocille scored four consecutive aces and Barcelona added three blocks to take away the second set with a lot of ease. They needed only an hour and 15 minutes to claim victory in the event that carries the theme: “Tibay at Galing Pagyamanin, Suportahan Palarong ROTC Natin.”

“We have only two months of preparations so we are not expecting too much. But they have shown enough guts and determination in the game. I’m sure this will boost their confidence. Puwedi pala kami magiging surprise champion dito,” added Perez.

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In the other volleyball matches of the Philippine Army, Quezon City University won over Olivarez College of Paranaque, 3-0, while Our Lady of Lourdes Technological College of Quezon City subdued Pamantasan ng Lungsod Maynila, 3-0. Makati Science Technological Institute of the Philippines won by default over Olivarez College, 3-0, and Polytechnic University of the Philippines likewise secured a 3-0 win over Blink Link Philippines in the Army competition.

Aside from athletics and volleyball, the kickboxing event also started its elimination round on Monday at the Dacudao court near the lawn tennis center, while the boxing elimination round was held at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium. The three-day e-sports competition will begin Thursday via online.

Top officials of the inaugural staging of the event aimed at developing a sense of patriotism among students-cadets, said that after the NCR Leg, the last of the four qualifying legs that started in Iloilo City last August followed by Zamboanga City and Indang, Cavite recently. The national finals will immediately follow in Marikina City from October 22 to 26.

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