(Filoil Flying V Centre)
9:30 a.m.-- Letran vs. UPHSD (M)
11 a.m.-- Letran vs. UPHSD (W)
12:30 p.m.-- San Beda vs. AU (W)
2 p.m. -- San Beda vs. AU (M)
LYCEUM of the Philippines University pulled off a stunning 25-22, 24-26, 25-18, 21-25, 15-10 win over College of Saint Benilde, sending the defending champions to its first loss of the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament yesterday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Cherilyn Sindayen, La Rainne Fabay and Czarina Orros combined for 43 points as the Lady Pirates held steadier down the stretch to pull one off against the Lady Blazers in the two-hour, five minute clash.
“I hope they will notice us now,” said coach Emil Lontoc after LPU moved in joint fourth with former champion Arellano University at 3-1.
The Lady Pirates were also in Final Four contention last season but fell short down the stretch, and Lontoc is looking forward to go all the way this time.
St. Benilde went down in a tie with idle San Beda in second place at 4-1, allowing San Sebastian, a 25-13, 25-20, 25-22 winner over Emilio Aguinaldo College to take the solo lead.
All nine players fielded in by coach Roger Gorayeb scored for the Lady Stags, the remaining unbeaten team in the league with five victories, with reigning MVP Grethcel Soltones spearheading the charge with 12 points and 13 digs.
San Sebastian playmaker Vira Guillema, tossing in 40 excellent sets, just got the job done by distributing the offense, not just for Soltones but for other spikers as well, while libero Alyssa Eroa collected 17 digs.
Last season’s Final MVP Jeanette Panaga led the way for the Lady Blazers with 18 points while Ranya Musa chipped in 11 points.
The Lady Generals, meanwhile, fell to their fifth consecutive setback. The loss also dropped in a tie with Mapua in last place.
In the men’s division, Johnvic de Guzman finished with 26 points as St. Benilde turned back LPU, 26-28, 25-19, 25-17, 25-21. The Blazers moved in a tie with the idle Red Spikers at 4-1.
Jahir Ebrahim came through with 24 points as San Sebastian outlasted Season 90 titlist EAC, 25-21, 24-26, 25-18, 19-25, 15-9, for its second win in five matches. The Generals remained winless in five starts.
Theodore P. Jurado