NCAA Season 95: Letran moves up to share of fourth

Mark Escarlote on Jan 31, 2020 06:57 PM
NCAA Season 95: Letran moves up to share of fourth
Letran outlasted Lyceum of the Philippines in five sets to take a share of the fourth spot. (Josh Albelda)

Letran saved three match points before completing a come-from-behind 26-28, 27-25, 16-25, 25-19, 16-14, win over Lyceum of the Philippines University on Friday to move up to a share of fourth in the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

With the Lady Pirates just a point away from wrapping the game, the Lady Knights showed grace under pressure and fought back with a thrilling 5-0 run to claim their third win in five matches.

Letran tied San Beda University at fourth spot as the Intramuros-based squad boosted its chances of securing a Final Four seat.

“Malaki [‘to para sa amin] kasi kahit papaano nagkakaroon ka nng liwanag doon sa ideal number para sa top four,” said Letran coach Mike Inoferio. Siguro kahit sinong coach na nasa position ko, talagang lahat kami nag-aasama na makadikit especially doon sa tatlo na nasa itaas.”

Chamberlaine Cunada dropped a personal-best 28 points coming from 24 kills, three kill blocks and an ace for the Lady Knights. Julienne Castro added 17 markers while Khryss Monteagudo and Kathleen Dela Cruz combined for 17 points for Letran.

LPU broke an 11-11 deadlock in the fifth set with three straight points before Castro saved a match point with an off the block kill. Charm Simborio scored an ace before Castro forced a deuce with a hit.

Dela Cruz put Letran up, 15-14, with a kill and the Lady Knights walked away with the win after Alexandra Rafael’s attack went out.

Rafael and Monica Sevilla finished with 17 points each for the Lady Pirates, who fell to 2-4 card tied with Jose Rizal University. Ciemelle Wanta and Mary Joy Onofre had 14 markers each while Jacqueline Acuna had 10.

Meanwhile, San Sebastian College barged in the win column after six tries, defeating Mapua University in straight sets, 25-18, 25-20, 25-20, behind Jamille Carreon’s 15-point explosion.

The Lady Cardinals dropped to 1-4 mark.

In men’s play, the Knights chopped down the Pirates, 19-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-22, for its their first win in five starts while sending LPU to 1-5 slate.

The Cardinals improved to 2-3 record after sweeping the SSC-R Stags, 25-13, 25-23, 25-18. SSC-R dropped to 1-5.




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