National University sustained its fiery form by smashing National College of Business and Arts, 25-16, 25-14, 25-23, yesterday to clinch a quarterfinal berth in the Spikers’ Turf Season 1-Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
The Bulldogs proved too sharp for the Wildcats, combining their power game with superb net and floor defense on their way to a third straight victory.
Francis Saura fired 11 hits, including four on blocks, Bryan Bagunas and Kim Malabunga each finished with 10 points for the Bulldogs who joined the idle Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals in the next round.
Hardly given a second look before the tournament, Jusabelle Brillo and Jem Gutierrez of Meralco have become one of the title favorites in the PLDT Home Ultera Philippine Superliga Beach Volleyball 2015 powered by Smart Live More.
Despite teaming up only recently, Brillo and Gutierrez barged into the quarterfinals following impressive victories at Sands By the Bay in SM Mall of Asia.
Brillo was supposed to partner with University of Santo Tomas stalwart Cherry Rondina but was replaced by Gutierrez at the last minute.
The Philippine national women’s volleyball team pulled off a huge comeback against Nanjing University of China, 18-25, 20-25, 25-19, 25-19, 15-12, to register its first win in the 2015 VTV International Women’s Volleyball Cup Tuesday in Vietnam.
The Filipinas, who had come into the match winless, notched the victory despite losing the match’s first two sets. But they went on to win three straight sets to complete the comeback.
The triumph pumped some life into their chances of making it to the next round. A win against the still undefeated Liaoning VC of Vietnam (3-0) on Wednesday, coupled by a loss for Thailand’s Under-23 squad (1-2), will help the Philippines (1-3) get a shot at the last semifinals spot.
Ateneo made quick work of University of the Philippines, 25-16, 25-14, 25-21, Monday to be the first team from Group B to enter the quarterfinals of the Spikers’ Turf Season 1 Collegiate Conference at San Juan Arena.
In a battle of the top two teams, it was the Blue Eagles who was left the undefeated team in Group B.
Marck Espejo led the attack with 14 points, steered by 10 spikes, two service aces, and two blocks, to lift Ateneo to its third win in as many matches.
Far Eastern University finally scored its first win in Spikers’ Turf Season 1 Collegiate Conference, stopping University of the East in four sets, 19-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-18, Monday at San Juan Arena.
Overcoming a first set defeat, FEU coach Joseph Santos needed an all-around effort from his boys as the Tamaraws swept the next three sets.
Jeric Gacutan led FEU with 13 points, banking on 11 spikes and two service aces.
Emilio Aguinaldo College kept its unblemished record in three matches after beating Mapua in straight sets, 25-22, 26-24, 25-17, Monday in the Spikers’ Turf Season 1 Collegiate Conference at San Juan Arena.
Steered by Howard Mojica, the Generals dispatched their NCAA rivals and outshone them in a close second set to come away with the win.
Mojica had 18 of his 19 points from kills, while Kerth Melliza scored all of his 11 points from attacks.
It was a different shade of green against usual blue but it still provided the pizzazz of the rivalry.
Ateneo had to hold off a persistent De La Salle Dasmariñas, 25-13, 25-19, 25-22, for its third straight win in the group stages of the Shakey’s V-League Collegiate Conference Sunday at San Juan Arena.
Alyssa Valdez went for her usual cross court kill to push the Lady Eagles to a 3-0 start in Group B while the Lady Patriots succumbed to a 0-3 record.