NCAA Season 95: Generals clinch first semis seat
Mark Escarlote on Feb 06, 2020 05:56 PM
Emilio Aguinaldo College marched to a semifinals seat. (Josh Albelda)
Danrich Melad powered unbeaten Emilio Aguinaldo College back to the Final Four after a dominating win over San Sebastian College, 25-20, 25-12, 25-20, Thursday in the NCAA Season 95 men’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Melad dropped 23 points with all but one coming off kills for the Generals’ seventh straight win that gave them the first semifinals seat. EAC also took the solo hold of the lead with two-time defending champion University of Perpetual Help sliding to solo second with a 6-0 card.
Aeron Daduya and Marvin Romero added six points each for the Generals, who sent the Stags reeling to their sixth defeat in seven games tied with Jose Rizal University.
Reynald Honra led SSC-R with eight points.
Meanwhile, the Lady Generals finally tasted victory, ending a 16-game losing skid in a span of two years at the expense of San Sebastian College, 21-25, 25-23, 22-25, 25-18, 15-8, in women’s play.
EAC barged in the win column after dropping its first six games to tie its victim and Mapua University at the bottom of the standings.
Cathrine Almazan dropped a career-best 30 points she collected from 26 attacks, two aces and two kill blocks for the Lady Generals. She added 12 digs and four excellent receptions in a superb all-around showing made sweeter by the morale-boosting win.
Helping Almazan out were Krizzia Reyes and Dhariane Gallardez. Reyes finished with 15 points including 13 off kills while Gallarde had 11 spikes and three aces for a 14-point outing for EAC, which last won back in January 31, 2018 in a five-set decision over Lyceum of the Philippines University.
The Lady Generals took advantage of the Lady Stags error-plagued game where they committed 40 errors that hastened their downfall. EAC had 36 errors.
It was a painful defeat for SSC-R as it failed to capitalize on its previous win that snapped its five-game skid.
Jamille Carreon scored 19 points, Shannai Requierme had 12 while Kamille Tan got 11 markers in a lost cause for the Lady Stags.
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