Last year’s semifinalists San Beda College Lady Red Spikers had to carve an epic five-setter, come-from-behind win past the Jose Rizal University Lady Bombers, 23-25, 25-19, 13-25, 25-19, 15-9, to open their season, Friday afternoon at the FilOil Flying V Centre.
The Mendiola-based team had service reception problems early on and it continued throughout the match. It was something the Lady Bombers capitalized en route to a 2-1 set advantage.
Head coach Nemesio Gavino Jr. shared, “Kailangan naming ayusin yung sa reception namin. Sobrang dami naming misreceive.”
Nonetheless, in the fourth and fifth sets, it was the crucial-game experience of San Beda that showed. Led by Nieza Viray, who registered 19 points and skipper Cesca Racraquin, who had 13, the red-shirts were just relentless in the end game.
“Character na yun eh,” the San Beda mentor talked of the fifth frame. “Yung mga pinaghirapan namin, sa mga ganung sitwasyon dapat mapakita.”
Dolly Verzosa paced JRU with 18 points, while captain Shola Alvarez had 17 markers.
San Beda (1-0) will face University of Perpetual Help System DALTA on Thursday, January 11. On their part, JRU (0-1) will take on San Sebastian College-Recoletos on Monday, January 8.
SBC (3) – Viray N 19, Racraquin C 13, Espiritu 11, Viray J 9, Cuevas 6, Amador 3, Paras 3, Tannagan 0, Manuel 0, Buno L, Racraquin D L.
JRU (2) – Verzosa 18, Alvarez 17, Montojo 8, Ebuenga 7, Rivera 5, Bodiongan 4, Macaraya L.
Undefeated Arellano halts JRU’s winning streak
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.
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)
Chiefs remain unscathed, rally past Heavy Bombers
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.
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)
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)
Shola Alvarez scores 24 to lead Lady Bombers in three-set triumph over Lady Generals
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)
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