Perpetual survives scare from undermanned SSC-R
University of Perpetual Help staved off San Sebastian College in a tough five-set battle.
(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)
University of Perpetual Help returned to its winning ways but not after facing a tough resistance against a gritty San Sebastian College side Monday in the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Lady Altas needed to fend off the scorching comeback attempt of the Lady Stags to eke out a 25-22, 25-23, 7-25, 18-25, 15-11, victory for a 2-1 win-loss record tied with idle Jose Rizal University.
Ma. Lourdes Clemente fired 15 points anchored on 11 attacks and four of Perpetual’s nine kill blocks while Cindy Imbo and Bianca Tripoli added 14 and 12 markers, respectively.
The Las Pinas-based squad were in control of the match in the first two sets only to relax in the next two as the Lady Stags took advantage to force a decider.
But just like in their loss to JRU the last time out, the severely depleted squad of head coach Roger Gorayeb lost steam in the end while the troika of Clemente, Imbo and Tripoli took over to claim the win in the one-hour, 51-minute duel.
The win also made up for Perpetual’s stinging 26-28, 18-25, 27-29 defeat to the San Beda Lady Red Spikers last Thursday.
SSC-R, which had eight players on the bench but only seven were able to see action with Julie Tiangco sidelined with a knee injury, dropped its second straight match in three outings tied with Letran.
Daurene Santos scored 22 from 16 kills, five aces and a kill block for SSC-R. Dangie Encarnacion had 16, skipper Joyce Sta. Rita played through a sprained right foot she sustained in the second set when she stepped on Clemente’s foot to score 15 while Nikka Dalisay had 12.
Meanwhile, Perpetual Help swept SSC-R, 25-19, 25-23, 25-23, for its third straight win in as many games and a share of the lead with Arellano University in men’s play.
The Stags slid to 1-2 card.
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