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UE, Perpetual upend rivals in Shakey’s volley tilt opening

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Games Sunday:

(Rizal Memorial Coliseum)

12:00 noon –- Letran vs CSB

2:00 p.m. –- EAC vs Adamson

4:00 p.m. –- UST vs LPU

6:00 p.m. –- UP vs Mapua

 

University of the East and University of Perpetual Help pulled off a similar hard-earned triumph at the start of Shakey’s Super League Collegiate Pre-season Champion of Sunday at the newly refurbished Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

The Lady Warriors edged the Lady Cardinals in a lung-busting, 31-33, 25-20, 25-23, 21-25, 15-12, decision, while the Lady Altas overcome the Lioness, 24-26, 25-21, 25-23, 27-25, in Pool A action in the tournament organized by Athletic Events and Sports Management, Inc. (ACES).

Perpetual Help turned to Shaila Omipon downed the stretch as the rookie winger delivered nine points in the tight fourth set as the Lady Altas pulled through to join University of the East in the win column.

Omipon finished with 17 points with her last two hits putting Perpetual at match point in the extended fourth set.

The Lady Red Spikers threatened to send the game to a fifth frame after Angel Habacon scored a kill block that put San Beda up, 22-20.

Perpetual took the lead back, 24-23, following an ace by Jhasmin Sapin before San Beda moved at set point, 25-24, off a Maxine Tayag hit.

Omipon answered with back-to-back kills before the Lady Red Spikers threw the game away with a costly attack error.

KC Cepada finished with 21 points while Lia Pelaga and Von Dimaculangan added 15 and 11 markers, respectively, for the Lady Warriors.

Head coach Ronwald Dimaculangan admitted that his wards played tentatively and took time to get their game going.

“We had a shaky start and we were not playing our usual game. We allowed ourselves to play on Mapua’s pace instead of us dictating the tempo,” said Dimaculangan.

UE broke a 7-7 deadlock in the fifth set with a little help from Mapua’s four costly errors as the Lady Warriors moved at match point, 14-9. The Lady Cardinals saved three match points with Hannah De Guzman landing an ace to push Mapua within two, 14-12, only to send her next service straight to the net.

“It was an ugly win but at least I saw in them the resiliency to get bounce back. From here we’ll try to address our mistakes,” Dimaculangan said.

The Lady Cardinals exploited the Lady Warriors’ spotty reception to open a 20-14 advantage in the first set before UE mounted a scorching rally, saving four set points to force at deuce, 24-24. A see-saw battle ensued before Hannah De Guzman sealed the opening set for Mapua with back-to-back hits.

UE pushed back in the next two sets only to allow Mapua to steal the fourth frame.

De Guzman led the Lady Cardinals’ charge with 10 points while Alyanna Ong and Nadine Berces combined for 14 markers.

Meanwhile, action resumes today with NCAA champion College of St. Benilde squaring off against Letran in the Pool D curtain-raiser at 12:00 noon.

Emilio Aguinaldo College and Adamson University cross paths at 2:00 p.m. followed by another Pool B showdown between University of Sto. Tomas and Lyceum of the Philippines University at 4:00 p.m. University of the Philippines will make its debut at 6:00 p.m. against Mapua University in Pool A.

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