UIC pulled off a stunning 23 – 25, 31 – 29, 27 – 25 upset win over defending champion University of Mindanao.
After dropping the heartbreaking first set, the Bonifacio Street-based spikers played well enough and showed some spunk in the pressure-packed second and third frames to finally pull away with the win.
Last year’s runner-up Holy Cross of Davao College notched its first victory at the expense of Brokenshire College via default.
In the women’s contest, defending champion Holy Cross of Davao College lady spikers defeated UIC, 25 – 15, 25 – 9 to open its title retention bid on a bright note.
Holy Cross displayed its awesome form to beat UIC and notch its first win in the tournament that serves as selection basis for the city's delegation to the Davao Region PRISAA Meet slated in the second week of March.
The wards of Exequil Tomines came out blazing right from the outset hitting in all angles with its booming spikes courtesy of great setups by Elvie Mariquit who tallied an unusual eight ace serves.
Spikers Jasmine Burcelis, Aiza Armacion and Mykah Ramos combined for 29 kills with 12, 10 and 7, respectively.
UM volleybelles completed the list of opening day victors with a 25 – 9, 25 – 6 demolition of Brokenshire College.
In men’s basketball UM started its title defense on the right track by beating DMMA-Davao College of Southern Philippines, 64 – 40.
Last year’s runner-up Holy Cross of Davao College bested San Pedro College, 82 – 27 while Rizal Memorial College shocked Ateneo De Davao University, 61 – 58.
Brokenshire College posted its first win by beating UIC, 75 – 59. (Rico Biliran/MindaNews)