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CV takes early lead

CEBU, Philippines – Iloilo City- Central Visayas sizzles in Day 2 of the 2015 PRISAA National Games with their tennis players scoring a four-peat titles, a grand slam victory in the men's table tennis as tankers raked medals in the pool yesterday at the Central Philippines University here.

Central Visayas now takes the lead with 24 gold, 14 silver and 19 bronze medals, followed by host team Region VI with 4-3-2 gold-silver-bronze as Region XII is at third with 3-3-4 in an unofficial modified medal count.

Region VII's tennis squad, mostly manned by the University of San Carlos, defended their tertiary men and women's crown for the fourth straight year with eight golds. The team which is composed of Sally Mae Siso, Nathalie Alipe, Kezia Jabines, Mary Claire Lazaga and University of the Visayas' Mae Angeli Amorin and Juvilyn Quirubin won the team gold with a 2-0 victory against host Western Visayas.

Unlike the women's team, the men's squad needed a second singles and a tie-break to earn their four-peat title

Ralph Juliane of the University of Cebu opened its title defense with an 8-4 win against Bicol region's Daniel Villasenor before the tandem of Holy Name University's Ian Butron and Zacharias Castro III lost the doubles against Jan Philip Sengio and Lucky Joshua San Jose, 5-8.

In the deciding set, UV's Marc Norman Enriquez registered a 5-0 victory but suddenly lost momentum allowing Bicol's Jonathan Imperial to rally and forged a tie-break. Enriquez regained control of the game resulting to a 7-5, 7-2 victory.

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In the pool, Central Visayas harvested eight golds, six silvers and nine bronzes with Loren Dale Echavez leading the team with two individual golds through the 200m freestyle with 2:16.06 clocking and 50m freestyle with 28.94 seconds. Echavez along with Bethmay Arellano, Jelian Wee and Karmel Ocampo also ruled the 200m team event.

Keith Ocampo also contributed a gold via the 200m freestyle with 2:12.02 clocking while the team's eighth gold came from Lister Tungala in the 200m butterfly with 2:38.19 clocking.

Central Visayas also settled for a silver medal in the 400m freestyle as John Beltran also had a silver in the 200m freestyle plus a bronze in the 50m freestyle.

Other swimmers who contributed medals for Central Visayas were Mikael Lorente with a silver and Bryan Inamarga, Shane Pacabis and Ruliben Deligero with bronze medals.

Later in the day, University of Cebu claimed their grand slam title in the table tennis event held at the Iloilo Doctor's College.

The trio of Dannel Jay Tormis, Maurelio Petalorin and Lemuel Agbon defended their crown at the expense of host Region VI, 2-0 while the distaff side ended with four silvers after bowing to Region XI.

Over at the Iloilo Sports Complex, Rufino Iba won a bronze medal in javelin throw, Geneva Arcuino also contributed with a  bronze  while John Cliff Debulosan got a silver via the 800m run.

Central Visayas men's badminton team settled with four silvers in the team competition while its female counterparts got four bronzes.The start of the sparring event of taekwondo saw Czarina Maree Duites and Patrick Nacorda with a silver each.

Central Visayas secondary bets also continued to make their presence more stronger with 18 golds, 14 silvers and five bronzes. Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu's Shanelle Siasoyco won the gold in the shotput event with 9.45-meter mark while teammate Ron Joseph Roque got a bronze medal. Carmela Therese Dublin also snared a gold medal via the 200m run.

Young Cebuano weightlifter Clark Cuico also had his share of the limelight as he broke two national junior records. Cuico now owns the record in the clean and jerk with a total of 186 kilograms in the 50kgs. category. Led by Cuico, Central Visayas' weightlifters harvested a total of 15 gold and nine silver medals. (FREEMAN)

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