Pirates upset reigning champion Generals
Mark Escarlote on Dec 15, 2015 07:08 PM
The Lyceum of the Philippines University downed the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals in five sets.
Lyceum of the Philippines University scored a huge upset as the Pirates blemished the erstwhile unbeaten record of the mighty Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 25-23, 14-25, 25-22, 18-25, 16-14, Tuesday in the 91st NCAA men’s volleyball competition at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium in Manila.
Aram Abrencillo delivered 17 points while Joeward Presnede had 15 markers to pace the Pirates, who evened their win-loss record to 3-3 and in the process pulled down the reigning titlist off the top spot to second place after a five-game winning romp.
LPU took advantage of the EAC’s erratic game as the Generals gave away 46 points off errors, 20 more than the miscues committed by the Pirates.
Howard Mojica smashed all but one of his 29 points from thunderous kills for the Generals, who pounded the Pirates with 69 spikes. Kerth Melliza had 16 points, Israel Encina got 15 while Hariel Doguna drilled 13 markers for EAC, which yielded the hold of the lead to undefeated Perpetual Help (5-0).
In the other game, Arellano University Chiefs notched their fourth win in sixth game after a quick disposal of the Mapua Cardinals, 25-19, 25-20, 25-21.
Lawrence Del Espiritu and Kenneth Aliyacyac finished with 14 and 12 points, respectively, to lead the Chiefs.
The Cardinals absorbed their fifth loss in six games.
In the women’s play, the Lady Pirates duplicated the Pirates’ feat with a 25-27, 25-14, 25-19, 19-25, 15-13, win over the Lady Generals.
Jhemil Abadilla had 19 points while La Rainne Fabay, Charlotte Cruz and Mickaela Andres chipped in with 15, 14, and 11 markers for EAC, which improved to 4-2 slate.
The Lady Generals slid to 3-3 card at sixth spot.
The Lady Chiefs swept the Lady Cardinals, 25-15, 25-19, 25-21, for a 5-1 record.
Mapua remains in the cellar with a 0-6 card.
In the juniors division, the Brigadiers prevented a shut out with a 25-15, 25-17, 25-22, win over the Braves.
The former three-time champion EAC improved to 3-1 and put a stop on Arellano’s four-game win streak.
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