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Lyceum scratches by JRU for first win

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In a battle of NCAA rivals, the Lyceum of the Philippines University Lady Pirates needed to dig deep to outlast the Jose Rizal University Lady Bombers 25-20, 24-26, 25-13, 25-22 in the Premier Volleyball League Women’s Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Marred by long rallies, the match took nearly two hours to resolve. The Lady Pirates gained the upper hand through a steadier attack. With both teams going north of 30 in errors, Lyceum off-set their miscues by producing 68 points off their scoring skills while JRU had just 46.

“Kino-compare ko ang laro sabi ko advantage kami sa kanila kasi nakakalaban namin sila sa NCAA. Sabi ko kulang lang sa maturity ang team ko, nakakapalo sila, nakakablock pero kapag ‘yung mga bolang instant na bumabagsak doon namin sila ico-correct,” said Lyceum’s legendary coach Emil Lontoc.

Christine Miralles led the Lady Pirates with 18 points while Cherilyn Sindayen and Roselyn Hongria piled up 15 points, each.

The Lady Pirates improves to a 1-1 slate and the face the Ateneo Lady Eagles (1-1) on Saturday.

Skipper Shola Alvarez amassed 19 markers for the winless Lady Bombers.

The Scores

LPU (3) – Miralles 18, Hongria 15, Sindayen 15, Fabay 10, Rafael 5, Genova 3, Juanillo 2, Sarmento (L)

JRU (1) – Alvarez 19, Versoza 11, Montojo 8, Ebuenga 3, Rivera 3, Bodiongan 1, Sibongan 1, Macaraya (L)

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Altas surge to fifth straight win, slam Heavy Bombers

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Pulling double-digit scoring outings from three spikers, the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas remained unbeaten in NCAA Season 93 after a straight-set triumph over thr Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers, 25-17, 25-16, 25-20, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Middle blocker Ronniel Rosales topped the Altas with 13 points off 10 attacks and three blocks. Team captain Rey Taneo and Joebert Almodiel added 12 markers apiece.

The Altas dominated every scoring category, recording 44 attacks to JRU’s 26, five blocks to the Bombers’ zero, and three aces to JRU’s one.

Breezing through the first half of the season, Altas head coach Sammy Acaylar lauded his team’s consistency and hoped they continue getting better as they aim for a championship.

“So far, masasabi kong maganda ang nilalaro ng mga bata. Consistent naman ang mga galaw nila and focused sila sa mga laban,” said Acaylar.

“Pero alam nilang may ibubuga pa sila. We still need to get better and reach the championship level. Kailangan hindi mawala ‘yung ganito naming killer instinct,” the decorated mentor added.

The Altas take on a major test on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre when they face fellow undefeated squad Arellano Chiefs (4-0).

Wenjo Lahaylahay led the Bombers with 10 points while captain Patrick Rabaja managed seven.

JRU (0-5) limps into their Wednesday showdown against defending champs College of Saint Benilde (3-1).

The Scores

UPHSD (3) – Rosales 13, Almodiel 12, Taneo R. 12, Muhali 7, Ramos 5, Atentar 1, Catipay 1, Salo 1, Bation 0, Solamilo 0, Taneo S. 0, Kalingking (L)

JRU (0) – Lahaylahay 10, Rabaja 7, Sulivas 6, Salazar 4, Cebrero 1, Soriano 1, Cruz 0, Ferwelo 0, Defensor (L), Flor (L)

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Undefeated Arellano halts JRU’s winning streak

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Though suffering their first set loss of the season, defending champions Arellano University Lady Chiefs still snapped the Jose Rizal University Lady Bombers’ two game winning streak and remained unbeaten in NCAA Season 93, 25-11, 22-25, 25-18, 25-16, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Coming into the game having won all their matches this season in straight sets, Arellano shockingly surrendered a loss in the second set. With his team trailing for the entire set, Arellano head coach Obet Javier knew such a setback was inevitable and it was up to his team to regain momentum.

“Maganda din talaga ang simula ng JRU noong second set tapos hindi kami agad nakabangon. Nakita din talaga doon ‘yung mga kailangan pa naming ayusin,” said Javier. “Sabi ko sa kanila na pinakita na nila ‘yung mababa nilang laro, kailangan ipakita din nila na kaya nilang maka-recover.”

The Lady Chiefs responded immediately, dumping the Lady Bombers in a 13-6 hole in the third set, then a 15-6 gap in the fourth frame to close the match convincingly.

Last season’s breakout star Regine Arocga topped the Lady Chiefs with 20 points while Season 92 Finals MVP Jovielyn Prado added 17.

The Lady Chiefs (4-0) look to continue their winning ways when they face the Lyceum of the Philippines University (1-2) on Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

JRU captain Shola Alvarez continued her offensive hot-streak, grabbing 19 points. Rookie Dolly Versoza tallied 12 markers.

JRU (2-2) takes on the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA (2-1) also on Sunday.

The Scores

AU (3) – Arocha 20, Prado 17, Esguerra 12, Ebuen 11, Marzan 10, Ramirez 5, Bello 1, Donato 1, Verutiao 1, Balanoba 0, Buemia (L), Flores (L)

JRU (1) – Alvarez 19, Versoza 12, Montojo 10, Rivera 3, Bodiongan 3, Ebuenga 2, Bautista 0, Bondoc 0, Sibangan 0, Macaraya (L)

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Chiefs remain unscathed, rally past Heavy Bombers

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The Arellano University Chiefs stayed on pace for the top spot in the NCAA Season 93 Men’s Volleyball standings after outmuscling the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers, 25-18, 21-25, 25-14, 25-22, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

After a second-set hiccup, the Chiefs regained composure after a reminder from head coach Sherwin Meneses.

“Sabi ko lang sa kanila na hindi puwedeng bigla na lang kami nagre-relax ng ganoon kasi importante lahat ng laban namin. Kailangan focused kami lagi,” said Meneses.

Arellano then dominated the last two sets, grabbing early leads in both and never looking back. Last season’s semifinalists outclassed their foes with steady blocking, netting 15 to JRU’s eight, and serving, delivering eight aces to the Bombers’ two.

“Sana magtuloy-tuloy lang ‘yung ganitong laro namin kasi alam din namin na pahirap ng pahirap ‘yung mga laban namin this season,” Meneses added.

Kevin Liberato torched the Bombers with 16 points built on eight attacks, seven blocks, and an ace while Christian Segovia added 11 points which includes four rejections.

Wenjo Lahaylahay led JRU with 10 points, while Herman Salazar and Raymark Francisco managed nine markers, apiece.

Arellano (3-0) stakes their perfect start on Sunday when they face the Lyceum of the Philippines University (0-2) at the FilOil Flying V Centre. The Bombers (0-4) take on the undefeated University of Perpetual Help System DALTA (3-0) also on Sunday.

The Scores

AU (3) – Liberato 16, Segovia 11, Lapuz 10, Dela Paz 6, Meneses 6, Soriano 5, Cabillan 4, Liberato J. 2, Domingo 1, Arellano 0, Caccam 0, Blanco (L), Esguerra (L)

JRU (1) – Lahaylahay 10, Francisco 9, Salazar 9, Rabaja 6, Soriano 6, Cruz 2, Cebrero 1, Sulivas 1, Ferwelo 0, Defensor (L), Flor (L)

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EAC hands error-slinging JRU third loss

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Receiving a generous boost from their foes’ late errors, the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals escaped the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers, 26-24, 21-25, 24-26, 25-21, 16-14, for their second win in NCAA Season 93 at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

JRU had the upper hand for much of the fifth set, taking a 4-1 cushion at the onset. Their own errors, however, gave the Generals room to concoct a comeback. Three straight JRU errors gave EAC a 14-13 lead before the Bombers forced a deuce. A service error followed, setting up EAC’s game-winning block from middle blocker Paulo Lim.

“Mababa talaga ‘yung nilaro namin noong mga set na natalo kami. Pero nandoon naman ‘yung kagustuhan ng mga bata bumawi. Nagawa naman noong dulo,” said EAC head coach Rod Palmero.

The Bombers finished with 48 errors, 12 less than EAC’s 36. This was the only scoring category JRU did not win as they had more spikes, aces, and blocks.

Lim finished with 15 points, the match-clinching block being his only rejection of the game. Joshua Mina led the Generals with 18 markers.

The Generals (2-1) next face last year’s runner-up University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas (2-0) on Thursday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Team captain Patrick Rabaja topped the Bombers with 21 points while Wenjo Lahaylahay added 15.

The Heavy Bombers lost their third straight game, the second match in which they were leading in sets.

JRU tries to rebound against the undefeated Arellano University (3-0) on Tuesday.

The Scores

EAC (3) – Mina 18, Lim 15, Ilano 11, Rasing 9, Castellano 5, Garcia 3, Panoy 2, Lumbad 1, Magadan (L)

JRU (2) – Rabaja 21, Salazar 17, Lahaylahay 15, Sulivas 10, Cebrero 5, Ferwelo 5, Cruz 1, Francisco 0, Soriano 0, Mecaller (L)

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