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NCAA

Altas remain undefeated, sweep Golden Stags

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Despite a whopping 31 errors, the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas had enough firepower to overwhelm the San Sebastian College-Recoletos Golden Stags in straight sets, 25-18, 25-23, 25-23, to remain on top of the NCAA Season 93 standings at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Silver medalists last season, the Altas had no problem getting through the Golden Stags’ defense. But their erratic serving and attacking became problematic latter in the match, rued head coach Sammy Acaylar.

“Gusto ko kasi sa mga player ko na ganado sila lagi, may killer ba instinct ba kapag nasa court,” said the decorated mentor.

“Nasobrahan lang siguro kanina sa aggresiveness pero, that’s okay. Mas madaling ituro sa bata na kontrolin ang sarili nila kesa pilitin mo silang maging aggresive,” Acaylar furthered.

Perpetual dismantled the Stags with attacks, tallying 42 to SSC’s 25. They also were a respectable 40% on reception.

Team captain Rey Taneo towed the Altas’ balanced attack with 14 points. PJ Ramos and Ronniel Rosales pitched in 13 points, apiece.

Jhair Ebrahim was the lone bright spot for the Stags, scoring 16 markers.

The Altas (3-0) stake their unbeaten start on Thursday at the FilOil Flying V Centre when they face the Emilio Aguinaldo College (2-1). The Stags (1-2) will take on the defending champs College of Saint Benilde (2-0) on Friday, also at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Scores

UPHSD (3) – Taneo 14, Ramos 13, Rosales 13, Muhali 8, Almodiel 7, Catipay 2, Atentar 0, Solimilo 0, Kalingking (L)

SSC-R (0) – Ebrahim 16, Eugenio 4, Lana 4, Ongque 4, Ronato 4, Eusebio 2, Campuspos 0, Lazaro 0, Enano (L)

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CSB

Saint Benilde regains winning form, sweeps San Sebastian

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Following a shocking defeat to San Beda College, the defending champions College of Saint Benilde Blazers rolled back into the NCAA Season 93 win column with a quick triumph over the San Sebastian College-Recoletos Stags, 25-20, 25-19, 25-21, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Blazers outclassed the Stags in every scoring category, recording twice as many spikes (40-20), and blocks (10-5).

Saint Benilde head coach Arnold Laniog wanted to see high-level play from his team after, what he deemed, a lackadaisical effort in their last outing.

“Marami kaming naging struggles last game na alam namin na kaya naman sana namin iwasan. Sabi ko sa kanila na one game at a time tayo, kailangan bawat game kami nagi-improve,” said Laniog

“Kung may maganda mang naidulot ‘yung talo, nakita namin doon ‘yung weakness namin. Nasa sa amin na talaga kung paano kami magre-respond. Maganda naman ‘yung pinakita nila kanina,” the champion tactician added.

Team captain Isaah Arda topped the Blazers with 14 points while his fellow winger Owen Bacani added 12 markers off 10 attacks, one block, and one ace.

The Blazers (3-1) take on Emilio Aguinaldo College (2-2) on Monday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Jahir Ebrahim continued to tow the Stags’ offense, notching 12 points but was again the only Stag in double-digits.

The Golden Stags (1-3) try to snap their losing streak on Tuesday when they face Mapua University (2-2).

The Scores

CSB (3) – Arda 14, Bacani 12, Orian 8, Basilan 7, Magsino 4, Rojas 3, De Sequena 2, Martinez 2, Garcia 0, Saldavia 0, Dy (L)

SSC-R (0) – Ebrahim 12, Ronato 6, Eugenio 5, Lana 5, Eusebio 2, Lazaro 2, Onque 0, Enano (L), Toledo (L)

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Nikka Dalisay helps Lady Stags break slump at Lady Blazers’ expense

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The eight-woman San Sebastian College-Recoletos Lady Stags finally broke out of their slump, receiving a boost from Nikka Dalisay to slip past the College of Saint Benilde Lady Blazers, 23-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-23, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The veteran winger, Dalisay compiled a season-high 19 points to lead the Stags in breaking a two-game losing streak.

According to Lady Stags head coach Roger Gorayeb, beating a fellow Final Four aspirant in College of Saint Benilde could be the boost his under-manned team needs to rescue their season.

“‘Yung mga huling laban namin may halong malas, may halong masyadong mataas na kumpiyansa namin kaya nahirapan talaga kami,” lamented Gorayeb.

“Ngayon kamuntikan nanaman kaming madisgrasya pero nahanapan naman ng paraan ng mga bata. Medyo nabawasan na ‘yung mga error namin kumpara sa mga nakaraan na laro. Sana magtuloy-tuloy lang kami,” added Gorayeb as his squad surrendered just 26 errors, much less than the 41.5 his team averaged in their last two matches.

In contrast, the Lady Blazers coughed up 43 errors, negating their decisive height and power advantage.

Lady Stags team captain Joyce Sta. Rita fought through a right ankle sprain and scored 12 points while Daurene Santos added 11.

The Lady Stags (2-2) take on the winless Mapua University (0-4) on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Middle blocker Ranya Musa led the Lady Blazers with 15 points, all off attacks. Diane Ventura chipped in 14 markers.

The Lady Blazers (2-2) face the struggling Emilio Aguinaldo College (0-4) on Monday.

The Scores

SSC-R (3) – Dalisay 19, Sta. Rita 12, Santos 11, Encarnacion 6, Amponin 5, Guillema 0, Eroa (L)

CSB (1) – Musa 15, Ventura 14, Austero 13, Abriam 9, Daguil 7, Cardiente 3, Enginco 1, Pablo 1, Cui 0, Dolorito 0, Lim (L), Torres (L)

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MIT

San Beda stays unscathed, keeps Mapua winless

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The San Beda College Lady Red Spikers strutted to their fourth straight win of NCAA Season 93, ousting the Mapua University Lady Cardinals in four sets, 25-23, 25-14, 22-25, 25-15, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

San Beda dominated the first two sets with nary a response from the Lady Cardinals except for a late run in the first set.

Lady Red Spikers head coach Nemesio Gavino was expecting his players to close the match in straight sets. Instead, they succumbed in the third frame.

“Siguro nag-relax kami kanina talaga. Medyo in-expect siguro ng mga bata na ibibigay na lang ng Mapua sa amin ‘yung panalo. Maganda nilaro ng Mapua nung third set, pero alam kong kaya naman namin tapatan ‘yun. Kita naman sa nilaro namin noong sumunod na set,” Gavino said.

The Lady Red Spikers denied Mapua a fifth frame, taking a 19-9 early lead in the fourth set and never looking back.

“So far, maganda naman pinapakita namin. Sana lang hindi tumigil marami pa kaming pagsubok na dadaanan para makarating sa Final Four. Isa-isa lang,” Gavino closed.

Team captain Cesca Racraquin continued to lead the way for San Beda, scoring a game-high 19 points while Nieza Viray added 15.

The Lady Red Spikers (4-0) take on rivals Colegio San Juan de Letran (2-2) at the FilOil Flying V Centre on Monday.

Dianne Latayan topped the Lady Cardinals with 10 points while team captain Katrina Racelis provided nine.

Mapua (0-4) limps into their Tuesday showdown with fellow struggling squad San Sebastian College – Recoletos (1-2).

The Scores

SBC (3) – Racraquin F. 19, Viray N. 14, Paras 12, Viray J. 10, Cuevas 4, Tannagan 2, Amador 1, Garcia 1, Laguna 0, Racraquin D. (L)

MU (1) – Latayan 10, Racelis 9, Barias 8, Magundayao 7, Frando 5, Morano 4, Pena 4, Mercado 0, Ramila (L)

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Red Spikers cool off Cardinals for third win

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After a rousing win over the defending champion Perpetual the San Beda College Red Spikers continued their hot streak with a four-set triumph over fellow contenders Mapua University Cardinals, 25-18, 28-26, 26-28, 25-20, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

With expectation heaped on the veteran Red Spikers this season, San Beda head coach Nes Pamilar is glad his squad survived a tough stretch of their schedule and found their way around adversity.

“Marami kaming malalakas na team na sunod-sunod naming nakalaban pero, sa tingin ko, okay itong pinakita namin. May mga pagkukulang pa talaga kami, pero nalulutas namin unti-unte sa bawat practice at game namin,” said Pamilar.

Semifinalists last season, the Red Spikers gutted it out against a highly-improved Mapua side. End-game execution proved vital with San Beda taking a tight second set thanks to steady attacking from their wings. Mapua then extended the match via a similar long deuce through timely defensive plays.

San Beda, however, halted the Cardinals in the fourth set after taking a 17-12 lead and never looking back.

“Hopefully, magtuloy-tuloy na ‘yung ganitong laro namin. Marami ding team ang gusto makapasok sa Top Four kaya kailangan patuloy ang pag-angat ng laro namin,” Pamilar closed.

San Beda’s lefty winger Mark Enciso topped all scorers with 25 points off 22 attacks, two blocks, and an ace while Limuel Patenio chipped in 14 markers.

The Red Spikers (3-1) take on rivals Colegio San Juan de Letran (0-4) on Monday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Mapua team captain Anjo Pertierra compiled 15 points coming from 10 attacks, three aces, and two blocks while Sam Damian added 13 markers.

The Cardinals (2-2) take on San Sebastian College – Recoletos (1-2) on Tuesday also at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Scores

SBC (3) – Enciso 25, Patenio 14, Viray 13, Amagan 10, Santos 5, Manliclic 3, Desuyo 2, Gonzales 1, Genobaten 0, Ulibas 0, Casin (L)

MU (1) – Pertierra 15, Damian 13, Egan 12, Egan 9, Pagulong 9, Navera 2, Evangelista 1, Bondoc (L)

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