Gagate La Salle’s Thea Gagate battles over Perpetual Help’d Charisse Enrico and Mary Rose Dapol. Photo courtesy of SSL

La Salle, Enderun triumph

July 29, 2023 Robert Andaya 406 views

NO UAAP Rookie-MVP Angel Canino, no problem for UAAP champion La Salle.

La Salle showed too much class in beating University of Perpetual Help System Dalta in straight sets,25-11, 25-17, 25-12, tolaunch its campaign the 2023 Shakey’s Super League (SSL) National Invitationals in style at the Filoil EcoOil Centre.

The Taft-based Lady Spikers, who are installed as the heavy title favorite despite the absence of Canino and libero Justine Jazareno, were hardly threatened during the 81-minute encounter.

The Lady Spikers handily took the first set, 25-11, on the way to a convincing triumph over the Altas in the event held in cooperation with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

UAAP’s Best Middle Blocker Thea Gagate fired 12 points on eight hits and four blocks to lead La Salle in the tournament presented by Eurotel as official hotel and Victory Liner as office transport provider.

Amie Provido added the same output as Alleiah Malaluan and Shevana Laput chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively, for La Salle, which is hoping to improve its runner-up finish in last year’s Collegiate Pre-Season Championship of SSL backed by Mikasa, Team Rebel Sports, Summit Bottled Water, Genius Sports, Potato Corner, Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken and Sauce Bar, and R&B Tea.

“Nag-stick kami kung ano ‘yung game plan namin. We executed pero sa totoo lang, marami pa kaming lapses. Hopefully, tuloy-tuloy kasi lahat dito sa SSL, nag-handa so kailangan i-respeto namin lahat ng kalaban,” said deputy mentor Noel Orcullo.

Sharing the limelight was Enderun Colleges,which drubbed Notre Dame of Dadiangas University, 27-25, 25-22, 25-14, for a 1-0 slate in Pool D.

Althea Virnyce Botor and Erika Jin Deloria conspired with 17 and 16 points, respectively as Luzon qualifier Enderun came away with an equally impressive win over NDDU from General Santos City in 83 minutes of play.

“Medyo tight yung start namin kasi this is the first time we played in this kind of atmosphere. Slow start but luckily, we won. The girls played their hearts out lalo na ‘nung kailangan na namin ng puntos,” said Enderun coach Ariel Dela Cruz

Andrea Sendico put up 10 points for NDDU while NCAA MVP Mary Rhose Dapol was the only bright spot for Perpetual with eight points.

Meanwhile, all 12 teams featuring bets from NCR, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao were introduced in a simple opening ceremony and parade led by ACES president Dr. Ian Laurel, Shakey’s general manager Jorge Concepcion and CHED official Ana Dulce Yango.

All SSL matches are accessible across all platforms live and on-demand with Plus Network Digital Media Services, CNN Philippines, Solar Sports Entertainment and TAP Sports serving as media partners.

The historic National Invitationals, with support from Boy Tuikinhoy of Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc., Alex Adeva of Northern Mindanao Volleyball Association of Coaches and Referees and San Juan Red Cross chapter, are also showing live in all Shakey’s branches nationwide.

Games Sunday:

(Filoil EcoOil Centre)
9 a.m. –Jose Maria College Foundation Inc. vs Lyceum
12 p.m. — University of Southern Philippines Foundation vs Perpetual
2 p.m. — College of St. Benilde vs Notre Dame of Dadiangas University
4 p.m. — UST vs University of San Jose Recoletos