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San Beda spoils LPU’s chances; JRU keeps semis hopes alive



The San Beda Lady Red Spikers eked out a five-set victory to stop the Lyceum University Lady Pirates, while the Jose Rizal University Lady Bombers demolished the Mapua Institute of Technology Lady Cardinals in three sets to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot, Monday at the FilOil Flying V Center, San Juan City.

In the first game, San Beda shook off a missed opportunity after leading 2 sets to 1, but still managed to outlast the Lady Pirates in five, 21-25 25-23 25-15 21-25 15-12. Lyceum took advantage of the opposition’s reception problems to take the opening frame. In the following two sets, however, San Beda were able to adjust and wrestle control of the match.

The Lady Red Spikers pulled off that huge third frame win, scoring the bulk of their 61 attacks in this set. The Pirates levelled the match in the fourth after turning to their defense. Lyceum had 10 blocks, doubling the 5 rejections of San Beda. Nieza Viray had a season-high 25 markers, all coming from attacks. Satrianni Espiritu had 14 points and Iris Domingo had 11 to provide the help. Grenlen Malapit top scored for the Pirates with 13 markers.


SBC (3) – N Viray 25, Espiritu 14, Domingo 11, J Viray 8, Racraquin  8, Garcia 4, Cuevas 2, Manuel 1, Tannagan 1, Zamudio (L)

LPU (0) – Malapit 13, Fabay 11, Abadilla 10, Orros 10, Andres 9, Sindayen 8, Cruz 3, An. Paredes 2, Al. Paredes 0, Calugcugan 0, Inton (L), Geronimo (L)

In another game of playoff implications, the Lady Bombers overpowered Mapua in straight sets, 25-18 25-23 25-16, to keep in step with the Lady Pirates and the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Lady Altas for a semifinals slot. JRU turned to their narrow advantages in attacks, 34-26, and on blocks, 5-3, to carve the victory.

Mapua kept the fight close in the second set after middle hitter Hazel Sedenio took over the net for the Lady Cardinals. Nevertheless, JRU denied Mapua a victory in the set, with Shola Alvarez and Rosalie Pepito in the helm. Pepito led the JRU troop with 17 markers, 13 coming from spikes. Alvarez had 14 points for the Lady Bombers. Sedenio unleashed 9 points for the Lady Cardinals.


JRU (3) – Pepito 17, Alvarez 14, Batalon 8, Sixto 4, Montojo 1, Rivera 0, Caridad 0, Macaraya (L)

MIT (0) – Sedenio 9, Guardian 7, Latayan 6, Ramilo 6, Hermano 4, Frando 2, Racelis 2, Morano 0, Luzon (L)


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