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Team Dasmariñas dominates Sabong, top PNVF Champions League Pool B


Team Dasmariñas completed a three-match sweep of Pool B with a 25-20, 25-21, 25-23 victory over Sabong International Spikers (SIS) in the Philippine National Volleyball Federation Champions League on Wednesday at the Aquamarine Recreational Center in Lipa, Batangas.

Madzlan Gampong went 8-of-14 on attacks and had three blocks and a service ace for 12 points to lead the Monarchs to the semifinals.

“We are happy of course that we ranked No. 1 in our bracket, that’s our short-term goal for this tournament,” said Miguel, whose main concern right now is the fitness of the players. “I think, we have to work on our conditioning. Good thing, we have to rest tomorrow (Thursday).”

The veteran presence of Gampong, a former National University standout, was a big boost for the Monarchs in the pool round.

“Madz, ever since from Day 1 here, is consistent for us. He is our go-to guy. We know it and he knows that every well,” Miguel said. “Madz is a big factor for us. I hope he remains fit going to the semis.”

Mark Calado hammered 11 kills while captain Jayvee Sumagaysay had two blocks for a nine-point effort for the Monarchs.

Jelord Talisayan paced SIS with 15 kills while Charles David Absin chipped in 10 points.

SIS fell to 1-2 won-lost and its fate in clinching the remaining semifinals berth will depend on the result of the final preliminary round match between MRT-Negros and Global Remit on Wednesday afternoon.