Thunderbolts rule Rebisco WV volley tourney

Posted by watchmen
December 20, 2023
Posted in SPORTS

 

The Bacolod Tay Tung High School Thunderbolts celebrate their victory in the 2023 Rebisco 18-and-Under Volleyball League Western Visayas Qualifiers. (Jose Montalbo photo) 
The Bacolod Tay Tung High School Thunderbolts celebrate their victory in the 2023 Rebisco 18-and-Under Volleyball League Western Visayas Qualifiers. (Jose Montalbo photo)

By ADRIAN STEWART CO

The Bacolod Tay Tung High School Thunderbolts swept their opponents to rule the 2023 Rebisco 18-and-Under Volleyball League Western Visayas Qualifiers at the Dumarao Municipal Gymnasium in Capiz on Sunday night, December 17.

Led by Most Valuable Player and 1st Best Middle Blocker awardee Jihan Isabelle Chuatico, the Thunderbolts reclaimed the championship with a 25-12, 25-15, 25-16 victory over the Central Philippine University Golden Lions in the finals.

Chuatico’s teammates Dona Mae de Leon (2nd Best Middle Blocker), Jothea Ramos (Best Opposite Attacker), Alexia Montoro (1st Best Outside Hitter), Patricia Hiponia (Best Setter), and Alijah Ysulan (Best Libero) were also cited.

Also part of the Bacolod Tay Tung roster were Camila Amor Bartolome, Joenil Ramos, Rhose Almendralejo, Ana Francessca Hermosura, Ana Ysabelle Hermosura, Briana Ang, Jan Rose Bulak, Czarina Dosayla, Mary Antonette Bontia, and Rhea Tomas.

For ruling the regional qualifiers, the Thunderbolts once again earned the right to represent Western Visayas in the Rebisco Volleyball League National Finals slated at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City from January 8 to 13, 2024.

“We are happy to be back as champions here in the Rebisco Regional Qualifiers,” Thunderbolts team manager Jose Montalbo said.

“The players showed their heart and displayed their determination to win,” he said.

“It is also nice to earn the right to represent our province, Western Visayas, once again in the National [Finals]. The players will surely give their best to represent Region 6 well,” he added.

During the group stage, the Ian Macariola-mentored Thunderbolts defeated Pototan National Comprehensive High School, Trinity Christian School and Murcia Open Bible Christian Academy.

In the crossover semifinals round, the Thunderbolts prevailed over the St. John’s Institute-Bacolod Falcons, 25-11, 25-16, while the Golden Lions took down Trinity Christian School.

Meanwhile, St. John’s Institute salvaged a bronze medal finish after prevailing over Trinity Christian School in a battle-for-third place game among the two Bacolod City-based squads./ASC, WDJ

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