Letran, Lyceum gun for 2nd win

February 25, 2023 Theodore P. Jurado 239 views

LETRAN and Lyceum of the Philippines University seek to force a five-way tie in first place as they play dangerous foes in the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament at the San Andres Sports Complex.

The Lady Knights go up against Mapua at 2 p.m., while the Lady Pirates play San Sebastian at 12 noon.

Even with newly-minted beach volleyball MVP Cha Cuñada not fielded in, Letran showed its promise with a 25-20, 25-23, 28-26 victory over San Beda last Sunday’s season opener.

Daisy Melendres led in scoring, but it was Judiel Nitura who shone the brightest, as the rookie delivered in the endgame where the Lady Red Spikers threatened to extend the match, drilling in back-to-back kills to bail out the Lady Knights.

The Lady Cardinals, for their part, hope to move on from their season-opening heartbreaker.

Mapua squandered a 2-1 set lead before dropping a 20-25, 25-16, 25-21, 22-25, 5-15 loss to LPU last Tuesday.

Aside from Chenie Batac and Nicole Ong, the Lady Cardinals have another option in rookie Roxie dela Cruz, who scored 20 points in the loss to the Lady Pirates.

Reigning Best Setter Venice Puzon hopes to deliver a better effort in distributing plays for LPU, which has the trio of Jonah Dolorito, Jewel Maligmat and Janeth Tulang leading the way.

The Lady Stags, meanwhile, will turn to Kat Santos, KJ Dionisio, Amaka Tan and playmaker Vea Sison to enter the win column. San Sebastian stole a set to titleholder College of Saint Benilde before yielding a 25-20, 22-25, 13-25, 11-25 defeat last Saturday.