The crowd went still as Jersey No. 3 of the Business and Management Vipers dribbled the ball at the service line. It was the fifth set, and the leading team, the Accountancy Griffins, was one point ahead of the Vipers, and one point close to winning the championship game. One wrong move from any of the two teams might mean losing the chance to win.
The moment the ball was served, there was a brief silence among the crowd while the Griffins were preparing to attack, eyeing the ball very carefully. Everyone seemed to be holding their breath, until, as though unpredictable for everybody, the ball touched the ground. The silence immediately turned into shouts and roaring that filled the whole Martin building.
The Griffins won the set, 15-13. Unfortunately for the Vipers, the ball landed just a few feet outside the opponent's court, ending the game stunningly fought by the two teams.
While the Griffins jump up in joy, some of the Vipers can only stare in surprise, teary-eyed. It was, for majority of the spectators, the most intense volleyball game they have witnessed during this year's Palarong Atenista, not just because of the storied rivalry between the two teams, but also because of their stunning skills.
The first set of the game, however, was not a good start for the Griffins. Fueled by several miscommunication problems among the players, they fell short over the Vipers, 25-15, overpowered by the opponent's powerful attacks.
Despite this, the Griffins' supporters were as enthusiastic as that of the Vipers, as they never stopped cheering for their players despite their lost during the set. As though motivated by their energetic support, the Griffins managed to overpower the Vipers with 25-11.
Unlike the first two sets, the third set of the game was a close fight between the two teams. The Griffins was leading during the first part, fueled by their stunning spikes. But the Vipers managed to take the lead until the end of the set after they tied with the Griffins, 9-9. The Vipers won the set with 25-20 .