Nolasco Zam Nolasco of St. Benilde tries to score against Lyceum. PVL photo

St. Benilde upends Lyceum

August 18, 2023 Theodore P. Jurado 598 views
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COLLEGE of Saint Benilde upended Lyceum of the Philippines University, 25-19, 25-20, 25-13, in a NCAA Finals rematch for a winning start in the V-League Collegiate Challenge at the Paco Arena yesterday.

Zam Nolasco had 9-of-15 attacks and three blocks to finish with 12 points while Clydel Catarig and Michelle Gamit each had 12 points for the Lady Blazers.

Joan Doguna paced the Lady Pirates with nine points, while Jaja Tulang chipped in eight points, including two blocks.

Later, University of Perpetual Help System Dalta also logged its first win at the expense of San Sebastian, 25-18, 25-19, 25-19.

Mary Rhose Dapol had 16 points and eight digs while Charmaine Ocado fired four service aces to finish with 11 points for the Lady Altas.

Tina Marasigan and Kat Santos each scored nine points for the Lady Stags.

In men’s play, Perpetual unleashed a strong windup to dash whatever hopes San Beda had nourished in a gutsy third-set stand, coming through with a 25-14, 25-17, 25-22 victory in another NCAA championship rematch to wrest the early lead.

“I’m happy we got the win because we prepared for this. Happy ako na kahit wala kaming Louie Ramirez, we’re playing as solid team,” said coach Sammy Acaylar after the Altas improved to 2-0.

Ramirez is in Japan for a three-week training camp with V.League club Oita Miyoshi.

Jeff Marapoc logged 13 kills and nine receptions, while Kobe Tabuga added nine points, including two service aces for Perpetual.

Kevin Montemayor scored nine kills, whilw Justine Santos and Mohammad Tahilluddin contributed six points apiece for the Red Spikers, who lost Axel Book to injury following an awkward landing in the second set.

Earlier, La Salle launched its campaign with come-from-behind 26-28, 25-18, 28-26, 25-21 win over University of Santo Tomas.

Captain JM Ronquillo steered the Green Spikers with 27 points on 23-of-34 attacks and four blocks, while JJ Rodriguez had 12 points while coming off the bench.

Rainier Flor took the scoring mantle for the Golden Spikers with 13 points, including three blocks.