THE Bacolod Tay Tung High School Thunderbolts booked a 25-23, 17-25, 25-19, and 25-18 score to seal the title late Sunday over rival Central Philippine University Golden Lions of Iloilo in the just-concluded 2018 Akari National High School Championship Visayas played before the jam-packed at the Ateneo de Iloilo Gym here.
For Jose Montalbo, Tay Tung’s vice president for sports that the win gave his team enough the confidence they need for the upcoming 2018 Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association Meet.
The first three sets were closely played with both teams trading power shots.
But, Kiesha Bedonia got her service momentum in the fourth set to break the 12-all tie to lead her team to victory and advance to the National Finals in Manila on March 17-18.
Chrisann Susbilla powered the Golden Lions with an early 10-4 lead at the opening set but, Thunderbolts setter Marianne Sotomil calmed her team down before combining with tournament MVP Shane Carmona and Alyssa Bertolano to snatch the first set, 25-23.
However, Eunice Guevarra and Adrianne Celiz teamed up to help CPU tied the match with a 25-17 win in the second set.
En route the finals, the Thunderbolts swept the Ateneo de Cebu Magis Eagles in the semis, 25-22 and 25-21.
Individual awardees are Tay Tung’s Sotomil (best setter), Joan Monares (best middle blocker), Alyssa Bertolano (best opposite spiker), and Carmona (MVP and best spiker), and CPU’s Pearl Anne Delora (best libero), and Ateneo de Cebu’s Kirstine Ojeda (best 2nd middle blocker).
A total of 32 teams across Visayas competed in the tournament.*