LPU ends drought, drops Mapua in four sets
Skipper Bien Juanillo scored 18 points to help Lyceum of the Philippines University end a two-game slide.
(FilOil Flying V Centre, San Juan)
9:30 a.m. -- AU vs. JRU (m)
11:00 a.m. –- AU vs. JRU (w)
12:30 p.m. –- SBC vs. CSB (w)
2:00 p.m. –- SBC vs. CSB (m)
3:30 p.m. – SBC vs. CSB (jrs)
Lyceum of the Philippines arrested a two-game slide while adding more woes to Mapua University with a 26-24, 24-26, 25-21, 25-17, victory to barge in the win column of the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Monday.
The trio of Bien Juanillo, Monica Sevilla and Christine Miralles provided the offensive spark for the Lady Pirates, who captured their first win after three games to tie next opponent Letran.
Juanillo scored 15 of her 18 points off attacks while adding nine digs. Sevilla got 18 markers highlighted with a superb performance at the net with six kill blocks while Miralles had 15 points for the Intramuros-based squad.
LPU head coach Emil Lontoc admitted that they struggled against the listless Lady Cardinals, who are on a three-game losing skid.
“Hirap kasi Sunday wala kaming training, Saturday pa last eh hindi kami sanay sa kanya kaya medyo bumagsak ang laro namin, medyo mababa compared doon sa huling laro namin na maski kami natalo alam namin na naka-peak sila ng laro,” said Lontoc, who only have eight players available.
The Lady Pirates’ lineup was depleted due to some players’ academic problems while Rocelyn Hongria is still in the USA.
“Pinapaalala lang namin na anim lang kayong naglalaro sa loob then ‘yung dalawang libero na nagpapalitan so dapat pahalagahan nyo ang bawat sitwasyon ng bola. Wag magre-relax,” said Lontoc, who is on his 19th season with the Lady Pirates.
After splitting the first two sets, LPU banked on the heady playmaking of Cherry Genova, who tallied 27 excellent sets, to keep Mapua’s defense guessing as Juanillo, Sevilla and Miralles pounded away.
LPU opened an 11-4 gap in the fourth set but the Lady Cardinals fought back to close in 17-16. However, Miralles caught fire once again to spark an 8-1 closing blitz capped by Juanillo’s service ace.
Mapua’s losing skid extended to 12 straight since last season, putting Dianne Latayan’s 19 points and Patria Pena’s 17 down the drain.
Meanwhile, Mapua captured its second straight win after three games after sending LPU to its third defeat in as many outings, 27-25, 25-22, 24-26, 25-21, in men’s play.
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