Letran ousts Lyceum

May 16, 2024 Theodore P. Jurado 171 views

IN his first season handling his alma mater, coach Oliver Almadro steered Letran to the the Finals of the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament.

The Lady Knights went through the wringer before beating Lyceum of the Philippines University, 25-15, 25-21, 19-25, 19-25, 15-11, to secure their first championship appearance in 12 years yesterday at the Filoil EcoOil Centre.

Letran will take on three-peat seeking College of Saint Benilde in the best-of-three series starting on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the San Juan arena.

The Lady Knights last reached the championship round in back-to-back seasons in 2011 and 2012. Letran lost both occasions to powerhouses San Sebastian and University of Perpetual Help System Dalta.

Almadro hopes to bring thr Lady Knights back to the throne against the Lady Blazers who have yet to taste defeat since 2020.

Letran has not won the women’s title since winning two in a row in 1998 and 1999.

Judiel Nitura, who came in a family of student-athletes, led the Lady Knights with 23 points, rookie Gia Maquilang added 22 points and 16 receptions while Nizelle Martin had a solid all-around game of 13 points, 11 digs and 14 receptions.

Joan Doguna paced the Lady Pirates with 22 points, including three service aces, Jaja Tulang had two blocks for a 12-point effort and had 12 receptions, while Heart Bio had 11 points.

In the men’s division, Jan Ruther Abor tallied 24 points, including three blocks, as Emilio Aguinaldo College secured a ticket to the Finals for the first time in eight years after defeating Letran, 30-28, 25-15, 19-25, 28-26 in the stepladder semis.

The Generals and the Altas clash in the best-of-three Finals starting at 12 noon on Sunday.

Perpetual bagged the outright championship berth after sweeping all of its nine elimination round matches.

EAC, which finished No. 2 in the elims, will make its first appearance since 2016, when the squad led by Howard Mojica ruled the league.

Ervin Orsabel added 20 points, nine digs and eight receptions while Marvin Williams Romero chipped in 18 points.

Games Sunday

(Filoil EcoOil Centre)
12 noon – Perpetual vs EAC (Men Finals)
2:30 p.m. – Benilde vs Letran (Women Finals)