Akari Nationals kick off with aplomb in Cagayan de Oro

CAGAYAN DE ORO — More than 500 student-athletes converged at the Corpus Christi Gym here to kick off the much-awaited Akari National High School Volleyball Championship Mindanao finals on Saturday morning.

With some teams traveling more than 200 kilometers to participate in the inaugural edition of the tournament, Akari Nationals commissioner Jerry Yee expressed happiness at the turnout.

“Nakita natin yung gusto nating makita. We are very happy,” said the veteran mentor, who, along with Adamson Lady Falcons assistant team manager Amanda Villanueva, gave inspirational messages to the athletes.

Yee and Villanueva visited and observed games in all four venues during the group stages, with both keeping an eye on prospects who they think can make an impact in a league as big like the UAAP.

“The team was there. Nagbantay tayo the whole day. Yes, may mga nakita tayo. Hopefully, they make it to the collegiate level,” he said.

Yee also commended his local counterparts led by Alex Adeva and Ronnie Ura-Ura for a job well done.

“Ang galing nila,” he said. “Napaka-organized. Pagpasok natin, nakaupo na yung mga players, nakapila na, ready na, systems, venues, well-coordinated lahat, masaya tayo na ganun nga nangyari.”

Iligan City National HS, Libertad National HS, Corpus Christi School, Valencia City National HS, Bukidnon National School of Home Industries, Liceo de Cagayan University, Angelicum Learning Center and Pilgrim Christian HS all made it to the quarterfinals.

The playoffs are set Sunday, 8:00am, with matches set to be played both at the Corpus Christi Gym and the Nazareth Gym. Admission is free.

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