Jose Rizal University leaned on Dolly Verzosa to upend the hungry Emilio Aguinaldo College, 25-22, 25-17, 25-19, finally halting its losing streak in the NCAA Season 95 Women’s Volleyball Tournament, Thursday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.
The win snapped the Lady Bombers’ four-game skid, lifting them to 2-4 — still with a fighting chance of a return trip to the Final Four.
NCAA Season 93 Second Best Outside Hitter ended with a double-double performance in both offense and defense, tallying 16 points and an efficient 12-out-of-14 digs.
Middle blocker Sydney Niegos continues to show her improvement, adding 10 markers including the quick hit that sealed the Lady Bombers’ return. Mary Ruiz also produced 10.
JRU head coach Mia Tioseco relayed the urgency of getting back on track.
“Kailangan lang naming tumapos. Kasi ‘yung past games naman, magli-lead ‘yung kalaban ng malaki, tapos hahabol kami, pero ‘pag malapit na mag-e-error-error na. ‘Yun ‘yung naging pattern,” she lamented. “Kailangan lang naming tumapos ng set and tapos, hopefully, ng game.”
Setter Renesa Melgar also did a commendable job orchestrating the Bombers’ offense with 15 excellent sets, leading to a total of 35 spikes.
The Lady Generals limited the Lady Bombers to a season-low single block while denying four hits from the latter. Jamaica Villena ended with three of those blocks, the other one came from Hyacinth Castillo.
EAC captain Lauren Cabrera and Dhariane Gallardez both produced 10 points to lead their squad. The Lady Generals are still winless at 0-5.
JRU will try to add another win as they take on Mapua University on Monday, February 3. On the other hand, EAC will battle San Beda University on the first game of that day at 12 p.m.
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