Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times


Heavy Bombers outlast Generals, gain first win

There was no defusing the Jose Rizal University Bombers who burst into the win column for the first time in the NCAA Season 92 Men’s Volleyball Tournament.

Facing a fellow winless squad, the spikers from Shaw Boulevard squeezed past the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals 13-25, 25-20, 25-21, 20-25, 15-8 at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Last season’s runners-up, EAC matched JRU point-for-point in the scoring skills but surrendered a staggering 44 errors while JRU had just 29.

The smallest team in the league, JRU was also missing key player Roden Pulongbarit, who injured his right knee last Monday in their loss against the LPU Pirates.

Still, JRU head coach Ryan Dela Paz had full trust his team could gut out a win against the new-look Generals.

“Buo tiwala ko, alam kong kaya nilang tumarabaho nang malinis so pinadiskarte ko na lang sila. Umalalay na lang ako – kaunting reminders lang sa mga kailangan ayusin,” said Dela Paz.

The young mentor now looks to keep his team on the winning track.

“Hardwork [lang para matuloy namin ‘to]. Kasi ayoko na bumalik dito na pagtatawanan lang kami – mahirap ‘yung ganoon. Pare-pareho lang kaming nag-eensayo nang maigi, kailangan mapakita namin ‘yun every game,” Dela Paz continued.

The Generals got break points early in the first set, taking a 4-0 lead thanks to a productive serving stint from Cilocilo. The Bombers’ offense fell silent until the end of the set, allowing EAC to get the early leg up.

But JRU caught crucial breaks in the second and third set. Both close frames, the next two sets saw EAC crumble late, giving up errors and free balls that fueled the Bombers’ attack. The tables turned in the fourth set with the Bombers letting EAC slip away from a 19-all deadlock and force a decider.

#ReadMore  Ilagan makes it rain on Lyceum, helps extend Baste streak to 4

But the Generals had run out of steam from there. Tied at 3 in the fifth set, the Bombers sealed the match with a 7-0 run off solid serves. EAC tried to rally back but JRU kept them at bay with solid plays on sideout chances.

Ronaldo Dampitan hopped off the JRU bench in the second set and delivered 21 points while skipper Larry Sioco and Patrick Sulivas each tallied 13 markers.

Opposite hitter Joshua Mina led the Generals with 14 points while Zedrick Cilocilo and Paolo Lim went for 13 and 12, respectively.

Both teams will next play on November 29 with JRU (1-2) taking on the College of Saint Benilde Blazers (2-1) and EAC (0-3) facing the Perpetual Help Altas (1-1).

The Scores

JRU (3) – Dampitan 21, Sioco 13, Sulivas 13, Rabaja 10, Lahaylay 7, Cebrero 4, Estacio 1, Castillo 0, Cruz 0, Francisco 0, Defensor (L), Flor (L)

EAC (2) – Mina 14, Cilocilo 13, Lim 12, Rasing 7, Castellano 4, Gorospe 3, Garcia 2, Sebastian (L)

Written By

Miguel Luis Flores fell face first into sports writing in high sch9l and has never gotten up. He reluctantly stumbled into the volleyball beat when he started with Tiebreaker Times three years ago. Now, he has waded through everything volleyball - from its icky politics to the post-modern art that is Jia Morado's setting.

You May Also Like

2021 SEA Games

Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons provided a glimpse of the chemistry last seen in 2019 on Friday at Subic’s sand court—the third and last...

Beach Volleyball

Participants in the tryouts for the men’s and women’s national teams in Subic later this week will start undergoing RT-PCR tests starting today in...

2021 SEA Games

The present and the future of the country’s beach volleyball program will be front and center when the Philippine National Volleyball Federation holds its...


Back in NCAA Season 91 and 92, Arellano’s Cagayan de Oro duo of Jio Jalalon and Kent Salado ran wild on the league. Together,...


Three-time reigning champion Arellano University dispatched also-ran Emilio Aguinaldo College, 25-15, 25-14, 25-20, to strengthen its hold of the second spot in the NCAA...


Arellano University crawled back from two sets down to stun Emilio Aguinaldo College, 22-25, 23-25, 25-22, 25-21, 15-13, and secure its spot in the...


Colegio de San Juan de Letran banked on its net defense to shut down Jose Rizal University in straight sets, 25-21, 25-17, 25-17, and...


University of Perpetual Help System DALTA bucked a lethargic start to overcome a gutsy stand from Emilio Aguinaldo College, 20-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-17, and...