NCAA Season 95: Lady Bombers blast Lady Stags in five-set escape act

Mark Escarlote on Jan 16, 2020 03:01 PM
NCAA Season 95: Lady Bombers blast Lady Stags in opener
Jose Rizal University eked out a five-set win over San Sebastian College. (Richard Esguerra)

Dolly Verzosa displayed an all-around effort to anchor Jose Rizal University’s come-from-behind 22-25, 25-19, 21-25, 25-21, 15-8, victory over San Sebastian College on Thursday in the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.

The third-year hitter scored six of her game-high 21 points in the fifth set including the match-clinching down the line hit as the Lady Bombers debuted with a bang and extended its elimination head-to-head winning streak over the Lady Stags to three.

The skipper added 20 digs out of 33 attempts for JRU, which also made its presence felt at the net with 14 kill blocks.

Three other Lady Bombers scored in double figures, giving head coach Mia Tioseco high hopes of a return stint to the Final Four after missing last year’s cut.

“We're very hopeful na we make it to the Final Four,” said Tioseco. “So hopefully from here, we build towards that goal.”

But the mentor pointed out that they still have a lot to work on.

“Kailangan pa more on defense, kailangan pang may mga plantsahin pa kami, medyo may miscommunication pa sa loob but then again, start of the season, hopefully maayos namin,” she said.

Sydney Niegos had 13 markers with five coming off kill blocks while Riza Rose and setter Renesa Melgar had 12 and 11 markers, respectively, for JRU. Melgar had eight excellent sets.

Riding the momentum of their fourth set win, the Lady Bombers started out hot in the deciding frame. SSC-R cut its deficit to 8-7 before JRU behind Verzosa countered with a 7-1 blast to claim the win in two hours and three minutes.

The young Lady Stags, who only had five holdovers from last year, got 17 markers and 11 excellent receptions from veteran Shannai Requierme while Kamille Tan and Jamille Carreon scored 15 and 14, respectively. Libero Jewelle Bermillo tallied 36 digs.

Meanwhile, the Heavy Bombers also opened their campaign on a high note with a 25-14, 27-25, 25-14, win over the Stags.

SSC-R avoided a shutout with the Staglets salvaging a win over the Light Bombers, 25-15, 25-15, 25-22.




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