MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 17 March) – Guibone Xprez proved too strong for the University of Mindanao (UM) in their championship showdown Sunday at the invitational volleyball tournament sponsored by the city government.
Reinforced by veterans from Manila and Cebu, Guibone Xprez unleashed a merciless offense to win the match in three successive sets, 25-17, 25-13, and 25-22.
The men’s team from Cagayan de Oro City fielded its reserves in the early part of the third set, but put its starters back into the game after UM zoomed to a 10-2 lead.
Guibone Xprez made it 8-10 before both teams took turns in point production.
UM tasted its last lead in the third set at 21-20 before Guibone Xprez took the helm at 23-22 and never looked back after that.
In the battle for third place, Davao Optima outlasted Panlibatohan-Valencia in the match that went the distance.
Davao Optima took the first and third sets and Panlibatohan the second and fourth sets to force a fifth and deciding set.
It was mainly unforced errors that cost Panlibatohan the game.
In the women’s division, it was an all-Davao show between Jose Maria College (JMC) and RCube.
RCube grabbed the first set, but JMC took the next three sets to grab the championship.
The tournament is part of this year’s charter day celebration of Malaybalay.