UE The UE Lady Warriors serve notice of their titke campaign with a three-set win over the JRU Lady Bonbers. SSL photo

Big day for UE, Lyceum

September 18, 2023 Robert Andaya 157 views

UAAP put one over NCAA as University of the East completed a three-set sweep of Jose Rizal University, 25-14, 25-21, 25-19, in the Shakey’s Super League (SSL) Collegiate Pre-Season Championship Season 2 at the Filoil EcoOil Centre in San Juan.

Led by former California Academy standout Casiey Dongallo, the Lady Warriors hardly worked out a sweat and needed only 74 minutes to roll back the Heavy Bombers.

Later, Lyceum of the Philippines University blasted San Beda University. 25-6, 19-25, 26-24, 25-18, for a winning start in the 16-team tournament organized by Athletic Events and Sports Management Inc. (ACES) in cooperation with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Philippine Sports Commission. (PSC).

A mainstay of Shakey’s Girls Volleyball Invitational League (GVIL) champion California Academy before moving to UE, Dongallo fired 20 points — all on attacks — to lead the Lady Warriors’to a 1-0 slate in Pool A that also has reigning champion National University and San Sebastian College-Recoletos.

Dongallo played only in the last two sets but still proved too much to handle for the Lady Bombers.

Ashley Cañete and Riza Nogales added six points each for UE in Day 2 action of the event also supported by Mikasa, Eurotel, Victory Liner, Summit Bottle Water, Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken, R and B Milk Tea, Potato Corner, Rebel Sports, Converge ICT Solutions and Genius Sports.

Without Dongallo in the first set, UE went to veteran KC Cepeda, who came away with five points for an early 19-9 gap.

With little resistance from JRU, UE took a convincing 11-point win.

It was Dongallo’s turn in the next two sets as she spearheaded the Lady Warriors a 10-4 rally highlighted by backrow hit enroute to an 18-12 cushion from an 8-8 deadlock early in the second set.

Even a slow start in the clincher with a 7-8 deficit could not stop Dongallo and the Lady Warriors, who finally got the job done with a 9-2 blitz for a 16-10 advantage with Kizzie Madriaga, the GVIL Best Setter, quarterbacking their attack.

Karyla Rafael Jasareno was the lone bright spot for the Lady Bombers with nine points.

Lyceum also had an easy time against felow NCAA team San Beda.

Johna Dolorito and Janeth Tulang shared the limelight for Lyceum with 15 points apiece.

Joan Doguna added 10 points for the Intramuros-based Lady Pirates, who dispatched the winless Lady Red Spikers in one hour and 41 minutes.

“Maganda ‘yung nilaro ng mga bata sa first set pa lang, pero sabi ko nga, sakit ng young team ang maging complacent pagdating sa gitna. Pinaka-main goal namin dito is to have the experience we need para sa NCAA,” said Lyceum coach Cromwell Garcia.

No player finished in double figures once again for San Beda, which absorbed its second straight setback in as many games.