April 20, 2024

LUNA, Apayao – Pudtol has reigned supreme, as it captured the Apayao founding anniversary volleyball crown against Luna at the BGVJr. Memorial Sports Center last week.

From the get-go, Luna appeared poised for victory, getting an early 3-0 lead in the opening set. But Pudtol swiftly answered, leveling the score at 4-4 before capitalizing on Luna’s consecutive errors to take a commanding 5-4 lead.

APAYAO VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONS — Apayao Rep. Eleanor Begtang handed over the championship trophy and cash to Pudtol team after winning the maiden provincial volleyball title against Luna. With the Pudtol team is Mayor Hector Pascua. — Apayao PIO

Luna’s struggle to regain momentum only fueled Pudtol’s fire, as its players launched an impressive 6-0 run.

Despite Luna’s valiant efforts to mount a comeback and level the score at 18-18, Pudtol’s resilience proved too much to handle. With consecutive service aces, Pudtol sealed the first set with a score of 25-21, setting the stage for a dominant display in the following sets.

The second set mirrored the first, with Pudtol again asserting its dominance early on, surging to a commanding 7-1 lead.

In the third set, Luna players found themselves facing the daunting prospect of a clean sweep at the hands of Pudtol. Despite the home crowd’s support, Luna struggled to contain Pudtol’s offensive onslaught, with miscommunications leading to costly errors.

In the fourth set, Luna mounted a 5-1 run, taking an early 6-4 lead.

Both teams committed errors, intensifying the closeness of the game. A 6-0 run by Pudtol, sparked by three consecutive service aces, tilted the score to 16-10 in their favor.

Pudtol eventually emerged triumphant with a 25-15 victory and stamping its authority on the volleyball championship.

Pudtol was crowned champion after a 3-1 victory against Luna in this year’s founding anniversary volleyball tournament.

Flora secured a third-place finish after a four-set thriller against Calanasan in the battle for third. – JC Marquez