EYES ON THE PRIZE. Wildcats Captain Marisse Panaligan discusses the team’s strategy against AIT/CAL during a crucial time-out in the game’s final set. (Joshua Mark Dalupang)

By Carmela Isabel Bañuelos

SIZE DOESN'T MATTER. The CMC Lady Wildcats anticipate a fresh volley from AIT/CAL during their 1st elimination match. The Wildcats lost to AIT/CAL, a composite team. (Joshua Mark Dalupang)

Yesterday was not so sunny for the College of Mass Communication’s all-freshie women’s volleyball team.

The CMC Lady Wildcats hit its first roadblock yesterday in the Diliman Games as they lost to the Asian Institute of Tourism/College of Arts and Letters (AIT/CAL) composite women’s volleyball team, scoring 7-25, 25-15, and 9-15 in the three sets respectively.

This came after the game was actually delayed for an hour due to rain puddles from a leaking roof on the CHK (College of Human Kinetics) gym’s floor, prompting staff to lay newspapers to soak the rainwater.

Yesterday’s loss is the first challenge for the Lady Wildcats after NCPAG failed to show up for their match last Monday, resulting into a default victory.

Late Spark

The Lady Wildcats went off to a slow start during the 1st set, experiencing difficulties with their rotation.

“We more like self-destructed, that mistake of deciding the position in the first place, plus the service errors and miscommunications,” admitted team captain Marisse Gabrielle Panaligan, a journalism freshman.

They snapped back into the game by adjusting their rotation and reducing errors during the 2nd set, when the AIT/CAL team made more slip-ups that the Wildcats took advantage of.

“They underestimated us in the second set after the very easy first set for them. They fielded their second stringers against us,” Panaligan said.

“They didn’t know that we were suffering from rotation problems in the first set so when we finally fixed that in the second set, we defeated them. They didn’t see that coming,” she added.

The 3rd set became a tighter game among the two teams, with AIT/CAL only pulling away during the final moments to seize the victory 15-9, two sets to one against the Wildcats.

EYES ON THE PRIZE. Wildcats Captain Marisse Panaligan discusses the team's strategy against AIT/CAL during a crucial time-out in the game's final set. (Joshua Mark Dalupang)

Room for Improvement

Despite the loss, the Lady Wildcats still remain optimistic and believe there is still room for improvement.

“I guess at least we know where our weaknesses lie so we can do better next time,” said broadcast communication major Milcielo Villamayor, one of the Lady Wildcats, said.

The Lady Wildcats can still reach the Diliman Games semi-finals if they win their next two games: on August 2, 9 a.m. against the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, and on August 7, 4 p.m. against the College of Engineering.


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