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Pagulong, Mapua steamroll Letran to keep playoff hopes alive

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Needing to win its remaining matches to secure a playoff spot, the Mapua Institute of Technology Cardinals snatched its second straight victory in three sets over the Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights, 27-25, 25-15, 25-22, at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.

Alfred Pagulong soared with 18 points to lead Mapua, with 17 attacks and a service ace, including the last three points that sealed his team’s fifth win.

The Knights, led by outsider hitter Bobby Gatdula, threatened to take the first frame. Mapua also succumbed to reception problems at the start.

Nonetheless, when the yellow-shirts turned to their defense, they never looked back and stole the first set.

The Cardinals continued their momentum and dominated the second frame, handing Letran a dose of its own medicine with tenacious net defense and middle plays.

Mapua head coach Mario Mia commented, “Yung sa block kasi namin, ang purpose is marebound yung bola. Sabi ko, importante maharangan natin yung bola para bumagal yung first ball. Kung makapuntos tayo sa block, bonus na lang yun.

With regards to their use of central attackers, the mentor believes that they just used their strength in this game.

“Sabi ko nga, after nung first set, ‘ano yung pinakanumber one na kulang natin? Wala tayong quick.’

“Alam naman nila yung problema, so ginawan naman nila,” he said.

Middle hitters Anjo Pertierra and Sam Navera combined for 16 markers including four of Mapua’s five blocks to dominate zone three.

Dion Canlas steadied the defense of the Cardinals once more with 14 digs and 19 excellent receptions.

Bobby Gatdula paced the Knights with 16 markers in 14 attacks and one each of block and service ace.

The Cardinals (4-3) will continue its bid for a playoff spot when they facd the winless EAC Generals (0-7) on Friday, January 13. On the other hand, the Knights (1-6) will try to arrest its slump against the JRU Heavy Bombers (1-6) on Wednesday, January 18.

The Scores:

MIT (3) – Pagulong 18, Navera 9, Damian 8, Pertierra 7, Egan 4, Andaya 1, Evangelista 0, Bondoc 0, Canlas L.

CSJL (0) – Gatdula 16, Cistina 11, Reyes 7, Alilio 4, Orsini 3, Sarmiento 2, Almoguerra 1, Dichioso 0, Dizon 0, Sison 0, Ramos 0, Timbreza L.

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Pirates notch first win at struggling Knights’ expense

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After floundering in their first three games, the Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates broke into the win column, trouncing the Colegio San Juan de Letran Knights, 20-25, 27-25, 25-20, 25-22, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

After a sluggish start, the Pirates got the best of their Intramuros neighbors by limiting their miscues in the latter three sets. According to head coach Emil Lontoc, Lyceum needed all the momentum they had gained in their rousing win in the second set.

“Nabuhayan sila (Pirates) ng loob noong makalusot kami noong second set,” Lontoc said. “Mababa ‘yung nilaro namin nung simula tapos medyo struggle pa din noong sumunod na set. Pero nakabangon din. Crucial ‘yun kasi baka hindi na kami naka-angat kung natalo pa kami noong second set.”

The Pirates delivered three of their four aces in the final set to close the match. They also shored up their reception, finishing at 38 percent, after an atrocious start.

Jhonel Badua topped the Pirates with 19 points, while Joeward Presnede added 14.

Paul John Alilio and Bobby Gatdula each provided Letran with 19 points. Christopher Cistina managed 11 markers.

Lyceum (1-3) next take on the undefeated Arellano University (4-0) on Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre. Letran (0-4) will aim for their first win against rivals San Beda College (3-1) on Monday.

The Scores

LPU (3) – Badua 19, Presnede 14, Lajara 9, Ilano 7, Samonte 5, Uy 5, Rubio (L)

CSJL (1) – Alilio 19, Gatdula 19, Cistina 11, Almoguerra 3, Ladeon 3, Dizon 2, Domingo 2, Brioso 0, Tumbali 0, Centeno (L), Timbreza (L)

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Letran overpowers Lyceum for second win

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After a string of losses, the Colegio San Juan de Letran Lady Knights returned to the NCAA Season 93 win column with a gritty win over the short-handed Lyceum of the Philippines University Lady Pirates, 28-26, 20-25, 26-24, 25-20, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Lady Knights won out in a sloppy match which had both teams combine for 25 aces, 15 coming from Letran. According to assistant coach Ron Dulay, Letran needed to solve their reception problems on the fly.

“Weakness nga siguro namin ‘yung receive, pero inaayos namin siya ensayo. Kanina medyo shaky lang ‘yung mga bata. Mabuti noong dulo naka-adjust kami sa ginagawa ng kalaban,” said Dulay.

Both sides also had a whooping 34 errors apiece. Letran’s miscues, however, came early in the match and were lessened by the deciding fourth set which they won convincingly.

“Unti-unte tumataas ‘yung level ng team. Kailangan talaga namin mag-double time pa sa mga susunod na laban kung gusto namin umabot doon sa Top Four,” Dulay added.

Second-year Lady Knight Charm Simborio led the way with 17 points while Glayssa Torres added 15 which includes two blocks and three aces.

The Lady Knights (2-2) take on perennial rival San Beda College (4-0) on Monday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Christine Miralles topped the Lady Pirates with a career-high 21 points. Team captain Bien Juanillo added 17 markers.

The Lady Pirates (1-3) face the undefeated defending champs Arellano University (4-0) on Sunday also at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Scores

CSJL (3) – Simborio 17, Torres 15, Abitan 11, Barrinuevo 8, Parin 8, Mendoza 3, Bangcola 2, Uriza 1, Perez 0, Larioque (L)

LPU (1) – Miralles 21, Juanillo 17, Sevilla 11, Bongabong 5, Patio 5, Genova 2, Marcella (L), Romanban (L)

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Lady Chiefs stamp class against Lady Knights, extend streak to 15

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The reigning NCAA Women’s Volleyball champion Arellano University has yet to drop a set

It was another dominant sweep for the Lady Chiefs after they clobbered the Colegio de San Juan de Letran Lady Knights, 25-17, 25-17, 25-12, Friday early afternoon at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Usual suspects Necole Ebuen and Regine Arocha combined for 22 points to pace the defending champions. Ebuen, a rookie, had three blocks, while senior Arocha registered seven attacks.

Arellano, however, finished with 20 errors, mostly in the tail end of the sets to keep the Lady Knights afloat. Nonetheless, the huge 39-18 advantage on attacks more than made up for it.

With its record, Chiefs’ head coach Obet Javier still made it clear that the squad is not taking its chances. “Basta kami, one game at a time. Kung sino yung kalaban namin, yun and paghahandaan namin.”

Thus, the titleholders (3-0) will try to extend its 15-match winning streak when they battle the 1-1 Jose Rizal University on Tuesday.

Glayssa Torres ended with seven markers to lead Letran, who at 1-2 will face the Lyceum of the Philippines (0-2) on Thursday.

The Scores:

AU 3 – Ebuen 11, Arocha 11, Esguerra 8, Prado 7, Verutiao 5, Balanoba 4, Marzan 2, Donato 2, Torres 2, Ramirez 0, Liu 0, Bello 0, Flores L, Buemia L.

CSJL 0 – Torres 7, Parin 6, Simborio 4, Barrinuevo 3, Abitan 2, Urriza 2, Bangcola 1, Mendoza 1, Larioque L.

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Chiefs romp Knights to keep unbeaten streak

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Three matches and still unscathed

The Arellano University Chiefs boosted its stock as they bamboozled the Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights in three sets, 25-16, 25-12, 25-15, Friday morning at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Save from that shaky start at the first frame, the Legarda-based squad was dominant throughout the match.

Outside hitter John Cabillan broke out of his slump and finished with 12 points on nine attacks. Kevin Liberato also had 12 on a huge performance at the middle with five blocks.

Team captain Christopher Soriano was pleased of how his team is responding to the twice-a-day training. “Tingin ko po, nag-jejell yung team namin. Buo kaming naglalaro.”

Such was evident as Arellano led Letran in both scoring and non-scoring skills. The Chiefs also limited its errors to 13 as opposed to the latter’s 21.

Knights captain Bobby Gatdula broke double-digits once more, but he was the only one to do so for the Intramuros side.

Arellano (3-0) will try to inch closer to a semifinals slot when they face Jose Rizal University (0-2) on Tuesday, January 16. On the other hand, Letran (0-3) will take on Lyceum of the Philippines (0-2) on Thursday, January 18.

The Scores:

AU 3 – Liberato K 12, Cabillan 12, Lapuz 11, Segovia 7, Dela Paz 6, Soriano 2, Domingo 2, Meneses 1, Liberato J 1, Arellano K 0, Caccam 0, Esguerra L, Blanco L.

CSJL 0 – Gatdula 11, Cistina 4, Ladeon 4, Domingo 4, Alilio 2, Almoguerra 2, Orsini 2, Ramos 0, Tumbali 0, Timbreza L, Centeno L.

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