Clemente, Imbo join forces as Perps keeps JRU grounded
Cindy Imbo and Lourdes Clemente got the better of MVP frontrunner Shola Alvarez
University of Perpetual Help has now stretched its streak to three straight in the 93rd Season of the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament.
Lourdes Clemente and Cindy Imbo made it happen as the Lady Altas pounded on already grounded Jose Rizal University in four sets, 25-21, 22-25, 25-14, and 25-21 on Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Following up back-to-back five-set victories versus San Sebastian College-Recoletos and Emilio Aguinaldo College with this well-earned win against the MVP leader and her Lady Bombers, the girls from Las Pinas now find themselves alone in third-place.
They did it on both offense and defense as Clemente and Imbo punched in 19 and 18 points, respectively, while, as a team, they limited Shola Alvarez to only 15 points – below her 22-point average heading into the game.
Still, Perps figured in a close contest as they traded wins in the first two sets with JRU.
Come the third, however, Clemente took over for a resounding 11-point win in the set.
Then in the decisive fourth set, it was actually first-year player Hershey Llorente who came through to give the game to the Lady Altas.
In all, they dominated the department of spikes, 50-41, while also doing damage in service aces with a total of 12 as compared to their opponents’ two.
After two wins in a row with Alvarez starring, the Lady Bombers have now dropped two straight for a 2-3 record.
Dolly Grave Versoza paced them with 21 points in this one.
The Altas’ mastery over JRU was also very much evident in the men’s game with the former blanking the latter, 25-17, 25-16, and 25-20.
Ronniel Rosales top-scored with 13 points while skipper Rey Taneo and Joebert Almodiel scored 12 markers apiece in Perpetual’s fifth consecutive victory to start the season.
On the other hand, the Heavy Bombers remain winless after five starts.
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