After going for a career-high 28 points in their last win, Shola Alvarez stayed hot and led her Jose Rizal University Lady Bombers to a quick win over the Emilio Aguinaldo College Lady Generals, 25-20, 25-16, 25-16, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.
JRU team captain Alvarez scorched the Lady Generals for 24 points, an impressive feat in just three sets. The former Pocari Sweat Lady Warrior, however, deflected credit to the solid support she received from her teammates and coaches.
“Makikita mo talaga sa lahat sa amin na gusto naming umangat at itaas pa ‘yung laro namin,” said Alvarez.
“Kailangan po namin ituloy ‘yung ganitong performance namin para maabot ‘yung goal namin which is makapasok ng Final Four,” JRU’s skipper added.
Alvarez contributed 22 of JRU’s 38 spikes, doubling EAC’s futile 19-attack effort.
JRU’s rookie sensation Dolly Versoza added seven points while setter Marcy Rivera tossed 28 excellent sets.
JRU (2-1) takes on defending champion Arellano University (3-0) next Tuesday also at the FilOil Flying V Centre.
Ladeisheen Magbanua topped the Lady Generals with nine points while Jaylene Lumbo added seven.
EAC (0-3) limps into their match against Final Four contenders University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Lady Altas (1-1) on Thursday.
JRU (3) – Alvarez 24, Versoza 7, Montojo 6, Ebuenga 4, Bautista 2, Sibangan 1, Rivera 1, Bodiongan 0, Bondoc 0, Macaraya (L)
EAC (0) – Magbanua 9, Lumbo 7, Pablo 5, Tongco 5, Binondo 1, Reyes 1, Yongco 1, Chan 0, Reyes 0, Tasis 0, Medina (L)
Perpetual escapes upset-hungry EAC
Fighting off a sluggish start, the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Lady Altas came alive late to slip past the Emilio Aguinaldo College Lady Generals, 22-25, 25-19, 25-14, 23-25, 15-13, and remain on pace for a spot in the NCAA Season 93 Final Four at the FilOil Flying V Centre.
Taking on a struggling EAC side, Perpetual head coach Michael Cariño knew that there was a possibility that his squad would relax. His team has had trouble starting and finishing off matches, as evidenced in their first set performance and lack of finishing push in the fourth frame.
“May tendency talaga ‘yung team ko na mag-relax. Sabihin na nating hindi kasi sobrang lakas ng kalaban. Pero alam naman natin sa volleyball na wala namang team na ibibigay sa’yo ‘yung panalo, kailangan kunin mo talaga,” Cariño lamented.
The fifth frame came down to late breaks. The Lady Altas broke a 13-all tie with back-to-back transition conversions from Cindy Imbo and Lourdes Clemente.
“Siyempre, nage-expect ako nang mas maganda pang performance sa team ko. Alam din naman nila na mas may ibubuga pa sila kaya kailangan mas maganda ang ipakita namin sa mga huli naming laro,” the NCAA champion mentor added.
Imbo tallied a game-high 17 points, while Clemente and Maria Aurora Tripoli added 15 points, apiece. The Lady Altas needed all of their 11 aces and 11 blocks to offset their season-high 42 errors.
Aira Binondo was the only Lady General in double-digits with 13 points.
The Lady Altas (3-1) next face the Jose Rizal University (2-2) on Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre. EAC (0-4) will look for their first win on Monday against the College of Saint Benilde (2-1).
UPHSD (3) – Imbo 17, Clemente 15, Tripoli 15, Sangalang 11, Llorente 10, Versoza 4, Estanislao 1, Gual 1, Umandal 0, Medalla (L)
EAC (2) – Binondo 13, Tongco 9, Pablo 8, Lumbao 7, Magbanua 7, Reyes A. 3, Reyes K. 3, Tasis 2, Yongco 1, Medina (L)
Altas steamroll Generals for fourth win
The University of Perptual Help System DALTA Altas maintained top-billing in the NCAA Season 93 Men’s Volleyball tournament after cruising past the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 25-14, 25-19, 25-11, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.
Last season’s runners-up dominated right from the first point and never let the Generals sniff the lead. The Altas outclassed the San Marcelino-based program in every scoring category, tallying a season-high 13 blocks to EAC’s three.
The Altas also maintained their solid passing this season, a trend that delighted head coach Sammy Acaylar.
“Isa ‘yun sa mga bagay na tinututukan ko talaga sa kanila kasi we know na we can be good at attacking and blocking. We just need to be consistent on floor defense and reception,” said Acaylar, as the Altas were 58 percent on excellent receives.
“Kahit maganda ang nilalaro namin ngayon, alam naman ng mga bata ang end goal namin which is to win a championship. So kailangan isa-isa lang ang tingin namin sa mga laro kasi marami pang challenges na darating bago namin makamit ang championship,” the decorated mentor added.
Graduating team captain Rey Taneo towed the Las Piñas-based spikers with 12 points coming off seven attacks and five blocks. Joebert Almodiel added 11 points.
Open hitter Joshua Mina was the lone bright spot for the Generals, scoring 13 points.
Perpetual (4-0) look to keep streaking when they face the struggling Jose Rizal University (0-4) on Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre. EAC (2-2) take on the defending champions College of Saint Benilde (2-1) on Monday, also at the FilOil Flying V Centre.
UPHSD (3) – Taneo 12, Almodiel 11, Rosales 10, Muhali 8, Ramos 8, Atentar 1, Solamilo 1, Bateon 0, Catipay 0, Salo 0, Taneo S. 0, Kalingking (L)
EAC (0) – Mina 13, Lim 5, Ilano 4, Rasing 2, Castelano 0, Garcia 0, Panoy 0, Magadan (L)
EAC hands error-slinging JRU third loss
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.
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)
Arellano dodges EAC upset axe for second straight win
It had to be done the hard way, but still the Arellano University Chiefs did well enough to remain on top.
The Legarda-based side carved out a marathon five-setter to deny the upset-conscious Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 22-25, 25-12, 25-14, 27-29,15-10, to remain unbeaten in two matches, Sunday afternoon at the FilOil Flying V Centre.
Wing hitter Christian Dela Paz once more starred for the current league-leaders with 21 points, 18 coming from attacks.
The Generals started well but would have squandered that opening set if not for the timely hits from skipper Cedrix Rasing and Joshua Mina.
Arellano then went to work in the next two sets, capitalizing on the implosion of the opponents and dominating them with combination attacks and quick plays.
It seemed as though the Chiefs had the match in the bag in the fourth with a 13-8 lead, before the Generals made a game out of it and even gained a 21-20 advantage.
That intense fourth frame saw three yellow cards flashed and even a red card shown, all for taunting. Nonetheless, EAC survived the point penalty and five set points to eventually send the match to a decider.
Before the fifth set, head coach Sherwin Meneses told the Chiefs, “Kung ano yung ginagawa natin sa gym, yun ang gawin natin.”
From there, the experience of the Chiefs prevailed, and another five-point lead at 8-3 was enough as a Generals miscue ended the set and the match. This is something Meneses saw as a positive takeaway.
“Yung mga crucial points nakuha namin. Tsaka yung character nila [lumabas],” he added.
In the end, it was the huge 18-5 disparity on blocks in favor of the men from Legarda that spelled the biggest difference in the game.
Mina finished with 19 points to pace the Generals.
The now 2-0 Arellano squad will next face the Colegio de San Juan de Letran (0-1) on Friday, January 12. Later that day, EAC (1-1) will try to bounce back against the Jose Rizal University (0-1).
AU 3 – Dela Paz 21, Cabillan 15, Liberato J 13, Liberato K 9, Segovia 7, Meneses 6, Lapuz 3, Arellano T 1, Arellano K 0, Esguerra L, Blanco L.
EAC 2 – Mina 19, Ilano 18, Rasing 10, Kim 9, Castellano 2, Garcia 1, Panoy 1, Lumbad 1, Guinto 0, Magadan L, Bagdoc L.
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