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.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

NU, Hope, DLSL & Holy Rosary pace RVL on Day 2

NU, Hope, DLSL & Holy Rosary pace RVL on Day 2

Nazareth School of National University, the favorite to annex the first ever Rebisco Volleyball League Girls 18 & Under title, is so imposing that the best that Leyte National High School could do was celebrate a few defensive stops or trick shots here and there.

NSNU, three-time UAAP Girls champions crushed the team from the Visayas, 25-15 and 25-13, behind strong net defense, thunderous spikes, and devastating serves to win its second match in as many days at Sta. Rosa Sports Complex.

Faith Nisperos led a balanced scoring attack for NSNU with 6 points while 6’1” teammates Alyssa Solomon and middle blocker Ivy Lacsina each added five points.

NSNU got off to a blazing start in both sets but wavered in the middle. Leyte’s highlight of the match was a double block on Solomon, who only played in the second set, that dropped for a point. However, the Sampaloc-based squad had too much depth, talent, not to mention height that they eventually put away their foe.

Joining NSNU on top of Pool A in the second day of the Rebisco Volleyball League was Hope Christian High School that came back from a set down to defeat Koronodal National Comprehensive High School 22-25, 25-16, 25-22.

The University of Mindanao Tagum won its first match in two tries when they downed Holy Family Academy of Angeles City, 25-17, and 25-20.

In Pool B play, the other tournament favorite, De La Salle Lipa swept FEU in two sets, 25-18 and 25-22, to remain unbeaten along with hometown team Holy Rosary College made short work of Angelicum Learning Center 25-8, 25-19.

Surprising Bacolod Tay Tung High School also climbed to the top with a 2-0 slate after beating back pesky University of San Jose Recoletos, 25-17 and 25-22.

The city councilor is dentist and a volleybelle

The city councilor is dentist and a volleybelle
by rick olivares

Love of the game. It’s starts from there. The dreams? They come later.

For Sta. Rosa Councilor Ina Clariza Cartagena, as a youngster, she fell in love with volleyball. “I played the game as a youngster and fell in love with it all the more watching the game on television,” she recounted. “I would watch teams like Ateneo, La Salle, and UST play. And seeing those schools and their teams play, you start to dream.

Cartagena played for Holy Rosary College representing the school in the Southern Tagalog Calabarzon Athletic Association (STCAA). Although her team didn’t win any titles, as the team’s libero, she was awarded by her school and the league. “We never got to play in the old Shakey’s Girls League but aside from STCAA, we’d also participate in city meets.”

While she loved the game, she chose a different career path in college. Enrolling at the University of the East College of Dentistry, Cartagena found herself digging root canals instead of serves and spikes.

And yet, life took another turn when as soon as she got out of school, she ran for city councilor and won at the young age of 22. The volleybelle-turned licensed dentist is now a government official. “I have also enjoyed serving our community,” bared Cartagena rather shyly. “I guess it was also my father’s influence who served for 30 years here in Sta. Rosa. I was a member of the local SK (Sangguniang Kabataan) and I enjoyed the experience.”

No regrets playing collegiate volleyball?

“No, naman,” she laughed. “I think I know my limits. If I decide to get out of public service, there’s always by dental practice to go back into. But I will always watch and enjoy the game.”

With the inaugural season of the Rebisco Volleyball League being played at the Sta. Rosa Sports Complex, Cartagena is thrilled not only for her hometown but also her former high school team. Taking time off her schedule to cheer for her former team, Cartagena offered, “It’s good to know that volleyball as a sports has really taken off. And here in Sta. Rosa, our team is not only competitive but doing better. The RVL is good exposure for the local and small city and town teams but also for our local community and the city of Sta. Rosa.”

As her team defeated the University of San Jose Recoletos in two sets, 25-20 and 28-26, Cartagena, cheered her team on.

“Don’t get me wrong – I’m still young. And I love the game.”

Hope Christian High school sweeps UM-Tagum for 1st Rebisco Volleyball League win

Chenae Basarte and Mycah Go bannered HCHS's win.
Hope Christian sweeps UM-Tagum for 1st RVL win
by rick olivares

The Hope Christian High School girls volleyball team entered the Rebisco Volleyball League Girls 18 & Under National Finals with little or hardly any expectations, but if you ask its longtime head coach Jerry Yee, he is just happy to be there.

“I am happy to be back and concentrating on Hope’s high school program,” said the affable coach. “No regrets naman but the time I spent coaching in college didn’t afford me too much time to concentrate on Hope’s team. That is not an excuse, siyempre. So now we’re in rebuilding mode. One step at a time.”

Hope Christian High landed sort of a wild card slot to the RVL National Finals and on the first day of competition at the Sta. Rosa Sports Complex in Laguna, Yee’s girls made a very good impression by defeating University of Mindanao-Tagum, 25-20, 26-24.

“It’s a good lousy win,” laughed Yee after the match. “Panget kasi yung execution namin but that is because kinakabahan yung mga bata. It’s not the UAAP but there’s a big crowd in a big and nice gym tapos televised pa (over Solar Sports and on livestream via the RVL’s Facebook page). It is good preparation and exposure.”

The Mindanaoans started well and led in the early part of the first set, but Hope wreaked havoc on the service end to get back in the game. With UM scrambling on defense, Yee’s squad took the first set, 25-20.

In the second set, with the match seemingly in the bag, Yee went to his bench and UM came roaring back to tie the match at 24-all. A service error hurt UM after which a check ball ended the match in favor of Hope.

“That second set, it is my fault because I wanted to expose the younger players,” admitted Yee. “Sa high school, you want exposure so you risk ng konti. It’s a good thing, nakuha natin nga pabalik.”

Among Yee’s young wards are the younger sister of Yee’s former University of the Philippines players, Mae Basarte and Justine Dorog in Chenae Basarte and Jessa Dorog. Also in the Hope squad is the younger sister of UP basketball player Janjan Jaboneta, Irah Anika Jaboneta.

“It’s good to know that the old Shakey’s league is being continued by Rebisco,” pronounced Yee. “This is a good grassroots program with very good exposure for all.”