Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Rebisco Volleyball League: NSNU, HCHS, DLSL & HRC book semis slots

NSNU, HCHS, DLSL & HRC book RVL semis slots
by rick olivares

It took four of the five days of preliminary competition to sort out the semi-finals cast.

The tournament favorites – Nazareth School of National University and De La Salle Lipa – moved a couple of steps closer to a title showdown in the Rebisco Volleyball League.

NSNU which hopes to annex two major girls volleyball titles within the next week or so (the UAAP Girls Championship included) flexed their muscles and talent from the get go and crushed Koronodal National Comprehensive High School, 25-11 and 25-14 behind Faith Nisperos’ seven points.

The win gave NSNU a 4-0 slate in Pool A. But keep in step with NU is surprising Hope Christian High School which swept luckless Holy Family Academy 25-18 and 25-17. Mycah Go led HCHS with 10 points.

The two teams part ways tomorrow, Friday.

KNCHS dropped to 1-3 while HFA is the only winless team in the bracket with a 0-4 record.

Over at Pool B, DLSL had a tougher time fending off Bacolod Tay Tung High School which after a 2-0 start has lost its last two effectively knocking them out of the semi-finals race.

Mirgie Bautista top scored for Lipa with 12 points while Alleiah Malaluan added 11.

Hometown favorite Holy Rosary College likewise stayed in step with DLSL with a two-set sweep of FEU, 25-19 and 25-23. Aliah Marce led HRC with nine points.

“It was a close match for us, but I do not mind because it helps the girls’ nerves and confidence,” said HRC head coach Lerma Giron.

Both DLSL and HRC battle for the top spot of Pool B.

It will be an interesting battle for all four undefeated squads. While NSNU and DLSL are the two pre-tourney favorites, Hope Christian High School and Holy Rosary College are the underdogs. A win by the favorites means that the latest they will meet is in the finals.

HRC takes on DLSL at 3pm followed by the NSNU-HCHS match at 4pm.

“We know that Holy Rosary will have the hometown support so it is important for us to keep them off balance,” said Lipa head coach Ronwald Dimaculangan. “We saw how resilient HRC is during their game against Bacolod. So kailangan mas masipag kami if we want to win.

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