In the battle between two of the most successful collegiate programs in the Philippines, National University-Sta. Elena outclassed Kinto Tyres-Perpetual, 25-18, 25-17, 25-18, in the Spikers’ Turf Invitational Conference at the Paco Arena in Manila on Wednesday.
Team captain Joshua Retamar showcased his all-around play in the contest, delivering 15 excellent sets to go along with eight points, consisting of four aces, three blocks, and one attack, which helped the Nationals get off to a winning start in Pool A.
“Syempre, masaya kami sa naging resulta. Nakabawi kami matapos ang V-League namin. Matagal naming iniisip ang pagkatalo namin, pero ngayon nakabawi na kami,” said NU head coach Dante Alinsunurin.
The Nationals comfortably won the first two sets against the Altas but found themselves with just a one-point lead, 18-17, in the third set. From there, Retamar launched a barrage of heavy serves that resulted in a six-point run, extending the lead to 23-17.
However, Retamar committed a service error, and then Jade Disquitado rose over the block, followed by an emphatic block by Michaelo Buddin on Louie Ramirez, sealing the victory.
Buddin led the team in scoring with 12 points, including 10 attacks and four excellent digs, while Obed Mukaba contributed 10 markers. Leo Aringo added eight points in a match that lasted an hour and 17 minutes.
NU will aim to secure its second consecutive win against Fudgee Barr-Ateneo on November 5 at 1:00 p.m. at the same venue.
No player from Perpetual reached double digits in scoring, with Ramirez leading the way with nine points and four excellent receptions.
The trio of Jefferson Marapoc, John Castil, and KC Andraded each contributed five points as the Altas fell to 0-1.
Perpetual will attempt to secure its first victory against the Philippine Army this coming Sunday at 3:00 p.m.