Letran ends two-game skid, still in the Final Four race
Mark Escarlote on Jan 29, 2018 03:52 PM
Letran turned back Emilio Aguinaldo College in five sets to remain in contention for a semifinals spot.
(FilOil Flying V Centre, San Juan)
8:00 a.m. –- San Beda vs SSC-R (jrs)
9:30 a.m. –- San Beda vs. SSC-R (m)
11:00 a.m. –- San Beda vs. SSC-R (w)
12:30 p.m. –- Mapua vs. Perpetual (w)
2:00 p.m. –- Mapua vs. Perpetual (m)
Letran survived an upset attempt by Emilio Aguinaldo College, 25-21, 25-27, 25-19, 20-25, 15-12, Monday to keep its already flickering Final Four hopes alive in the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Barely hanging on in the race for the last three semifinals spots, the Lady Knights turned back the Lady Generals to arrest at two-game skid and improve to 3-4 win-loss record. Defending champion Arellano University booked the first Final Four berth.
Jaymeleene Parin scored 16 of her 18 points off attacks while Miracle Mendoza had 17 markers from 13 kills, three aces, a kill block for the Intramuros-based squad, which has Jose Rizal University and University of Perpetual Help remaining in its list of assignments.
“Ang habol na lang namin is playoff for no. 4. We’ll just take it one game at a time since nanalo naman na kami. Hopefully, mabigyan ulit ng panalo and from there tingnan na lang natin,” said Letran coach Mike Onoferio, whose squad’s Final Four fate now lies on them winning their last two games and for certain teams to lose certain matches.
Charm Simborio finished with 16 points while Rhosselle Urriza posted 10 markers for the Lady Knights, who uncorked 57 attack points.
The Lady Generals absorbed their sixth defeat in seven outings.
Jaylene Lumbo and Ladeisheen Magbanua closed with 17 points each for EAC.
In men’s game, the Generals improved to 3-4 slate after outlasting the winless Knights, 23-25, 25-20, 23-25, 27-25, 18-16.
The Brigadiers clinched the first Final Four spot in the juniors division after claiming their fifth win in as many games at the expense of the Squires (4-2), 26-24, 25-23, 25-22.
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