The School of Engineering and Architecture (SEA) Tigers and the Accountancy (ACC) Griffins, two teams with different motivations to win, were pitted against each other in this year’s Palarong Atenista Men’s Volleyball Championship last Aug. 13 at the university’s Martin Hall.
The Tigers, reeling from last year’s loss to the Business and Management Vipers, were seeking redemption. While the Griffins wanted to prove they still belonged to the elite after being absent in consecutive championship games.
The championship game was intense and evenly-matched as the teams went at each other consistently throughout 5 sets. In the end, the balanced attack of the Griffins was too much for the Tigers to overcome and they won the game, 3 sets to 2.
The game opened with a lopsided first set that saw the Griffins win, 25-18. The Griffins then followed up their stellar start with a thrilling tiebreaker win in the second set. Julius Yamuta of the Accountancy team paced the team throughout the two sets.
After trailing two sets to none, the Tigers regained footing by taking the next two sets in convincing fashion. The Tigers took early leads in the third and fourth sets and never looked back, winning them 25-15 and 25-17, respectively. Nice Bawi of the Tigers was key in their two winning sets, as he consistently contributed big play after big play.
The fifth set was a back and forth affair and the game was tied for more than five times before a heroic effort from Griffin Florenz Cameros finally iced the game. With the score deadlocked at 8-8, Cameros went on a sudden scoring binge that the Tigers seemingly couldn’t stop, giving the Griffins the fifth set victory, 15-10, and the championship gold.
“During that final set, my mindset was that I was going to go all out relentlessly. Bahala na unsay mahitabo basta mu-score gyud ko. Bahala na kung ma out ang bola or unsa basta mu score gyud ko,” Cameros explained after the game.