NCAA Season 95: Lady Altas win four in a row

Mark Escarlote on Jan 27, 2020 04:02 PM
NCAA Season 95: Lady Altas win four in a row
University of Perpetual Help grabbed its fourth win in a row to move up to solo third spot. (Arvin Lim)

University of Perpetual Help coach Macky Carino was just relieved that his wards finally copped their first ‘real’ win in the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball competition.  

“At long last naka-straight sets ako. For the past five games di ba? Ngayon lang ako na parang feeling ko nanalo ako na pinaghirapan talaga,” said Carino following the Lady Altas’ 25-19, 25-20, 25-20, drubbing of skidding Jose Rizal University on Monday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The Las Pinas-based squad won its fourth straight in five outings to move up to solo third spot behind reigning three-time champion Arellano University (5-0) and College of St. Benilde (4-0). Perpetual won via sweep for the first time after a four-set victory and a pair of five-setters including its match against Mapua University last Friday.

“Eh nu’ng previous hindi eh. Nanalo ako pero feeling ko natalo ako kasi ang pangit ng performance ng team ko,” said Carino.

Jhona Rosal was instrumental in the Lady Altas’ 78-minute conquest, scoring 15 points highlighted by 13 attacks while adding 14 digs for a well-rounded game. Shyra Umandal fired 10 markers while Bianca Tripoli added nine points.

It was a morale-boosting performance for Carino’s squad heading into Perpetual’s all-important game against the league-leading three-time defending champion Arellano University on Wednesday in a rematch of last season’s Finals series.  

“Ngayon satisfied ako but hindi ako kuntento especially nitong Wednesday ang kalaban namin Arellano. Para makuha namin ang no. 1-2 na standing we have to beat Arellano and meron pang San Beda,” said Carino. “I’m not saying na ang mga susunod hindi na ganoon kahirap, mahirap pa rin, pero kung Arellano mataas ang morale kung manalo kami.”

In contrast, the Lady Bombers’ losing slump extended to four in a row after a promising start.

Skipper Dolly Verzosa was the only JRU player in double figures with 13 points anchored on 11 kills.

Mary May Ruiz added eight while Sydney Niegos and Riza Rose combined for 12 markers for the Lady Bombers, who threw away 25 points off errors.

Meanwhile, the two-time men's defending champion Altas made quick work of the Bombers, 25-14, 25-23, 25-7, for a 5-0 slate at solo lead.

Louie Ramirez scored 12 points while Hero Austria got 10 markers as Perpetual won its 18th straight since Season 93.

JRU suffered its fourth straight defeat for a 1-4 slate.        

 

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