THE 3rd Congressional District Sports Association (CDSA) elementary boys’ volleyball team opened the 2017 Iloilo Schools Sports Council (ISSC) Meet with a win against 1st CDSA, 2-0, at the Iloilo Sports Complex (ISC) open court on Dec. 6.
Led by captain ball Lance Tristan Pirote, the team from Bingawan, Iloilo made their presence felt early in the first set, 25-19.
In the second set, the 1st CDSA team represented by Tigbauan, Iloilo, regained their momentum to establish a five-point spread.
But the Kim Caotera-mentored 3rd CDSA team tightened their grip and banked on star player France Geroche who carried his team to a second set victory, 25-14.
Caotera, who is making his second ISSC Meet appearance as head coach, said the dedication and determination of his players helped their team win.
“We want to win this game this year. Our players underwent rigid training every day and we make it sure that they are all prepared for this competition,” Caotera said.
3rd CDSA made a silver medal finish in 2016 after being outpointed by the City Schools in the finals.
In elementary girls’ volleyball, 3rd CDSA represented by Maasin, Iloilo also won their opening match yesterday against 4th CDSA from Dumangas, 25-16, 25-6.
Coached by Victoria Madrese, 3rd CDSA volleybelles managed to protect their edge in two sets, courtesy of team captain Sheene Joy Villaruel.
The ISSC Meet is a baptism of fire for the 11-year-old Villaruel who is studying at Maasin Central Elementary School.
Villaruel said she will do her best to carry her team to the top.
“It will be my last year to play that’s why we want a victory for the whole team. We are always following the instructions of our coach and our teamwork really works for us. We are hoping to continue our winning streak,” she added.