(Filoil EcoOil Centre)
9 a.m. – La Salle vs University of Southern Philippines Foundation
12 p.m. – Lyceum vs Adamson
2 p.m. – La Salle-Dasma vs UST
4 p.m. – Enderun vs College of St. Benilde
NCAA champion College of St. Benilde debuted in style with a 25-20, 25-15, 25-18 win over Notre Dame of Dadiangas University (NDDU) from General Santos City on Sunday in the Shakey’s Super League (SSL) National Invitationals at the Filoil EcoOil Centre in San Juan.
Earlier, Mindanao pride Jose Maria College Foundation (JMCF) pulled the rug from under NCAA bet Lyceum of the Philippines University with a stunning 24-26, 25-19, 25-22, 26-24 victory.
Zamantha Nicole scored 19 points on eight attacks, six blocks, and five aces as CSB tied Enderun Colleges for Pool D leadership with similar 1-0 slates.
Clydel Catarig and Corrine Apostol provided 11 and nine points, respectively as the Lady Blazers needed only 68 minutes to notch the straight-sets victory.
“Masaya for our first win. Maganda ‘yung ganto na parang selection na rin. Qualifiers kumbaga kasi top ng liga nila, top ng liga namin. Masaya at maganda ‘yung ganitong competition,” said coach Jerry Yee.
In the other match, the University of Santo Tomas romped past CESAFI champion University of San Jose – Recoletos, 25-15, 25-16, 25-16 for a 1-0 record in Pool B, while Winnie Bedaña erupted for 20 points to lead four players in double digits as the University of Perpetual Help System Dalta bounced back against the debuting University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF), 23-25, 25-12, 25-20, 25-16.
Mary Margaret Banagua and Maria Cassandra Carballo had 12 and 11 points, respectively. In comparison, Angeline Poyos and Jonna Perdido added 10 points apiece for the rebuilding Golden Tigresses after the graduation of star players Eya Laure and Imee Hernandez.
“Actually, back-up lang kami sa NU na maglalaro nga sa national team so happy kami na nabigyan ng chance makalaro dito sa SSL, especially mga rookies namin. Maganda naman at nanalo so hopefully, sana sa next games tumaas pa ‘yung level ng laro namin,” said coach Kungfu Reyes.
Queenfaith Wahing had 18 points for NDDU, which bowed out of contention with a 0-2 record in Pool D after also a loss against Enderun.
USJ-R slid to 1-1 in Pool B with no player scoring in double digits after an impressive win over La Salle-Dasma.
The Lady Royals dropped a narrow first set but owned the next three frames highlighted by Dianne Uriel Brion’s ace in the back-and-forth fourth set for a big triumph at the expense of the Lady Pirates, who finished runner-up in the NCAA Season 98.
A bevy of protagonists rose to the occasion led by Johma Mae Palermo with 18 points on 13 hits and five aces as JMCF climbed to 1-1 in Pool C after a 25-17, 25-11, 25-17 debut loss to Adamson.
Michaela Oliveros contributed 15 points laced by four blocks. In comparison, Brion produced 11 points for the Davao spikers in the historic win in the SSL presented by Eurotel as the official hotel and Victory Liner as office transport provider, and in cooperation with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
“Hindi kami nag-expect na manalo kasi malalakas yung kalaban dito mula sa UAAP at NCAA. Blessing sa amin na ito, nanalo versus a strong team from NCAA. First time namin dito at mula kahapon sa first game, naka-adjust naman. Lumabas ‘yung laro ng mga bata,” said coach Rolando Puno.
All SSL matches are accessible across all platforms live and on-demand with Plus Network Digital Media Services, CNN Philippines, Solar Sports Entertainment, and TAP Sports serving as media partners.
The historic National Invitationals, with support from Boy Tuikinhoy of Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc., Alex Adeva of Northern Mindanao Volleyball Association of Coaches and Referees, and San Juan Red Cross chapter, are also showing live in all Shakey’s branches nationwide.