NCAA volleyball: Lady Pirates fight for life against Lady Cardinals

By Waylon Galvez

Games Thursday

(The Arena, San Juan)

8:30 a.m. – Mapua vs Lyceum (Junior’s)
10 a.m. – Mapua vs Lyceum (Men’s)
12 noon – Mapua vs Lyceum (Women’s)
2 p.m. – EAC vs SSC-R (Women’s)
3:30 p.m. – EAC vs SSC-R (Men’s)
5 p.m. – EAC vs SSC-R (Junior’s)

Lyceum of the Philippines University tries to keep its semifinal bid alive when it clashes with Mapua in NCAA Season 95 volleyball Thursday at The Arena in San Juan City.

LPU has a 2-4 card, two games behind San Beda University for the No. 4 spot. For the Lady Pirates to earn at least a playoff for the last Final Four berth, they have to sweep their remaining three matches.

The Lady Pirates and the Lady Cardinals collide at 12 noon.

San Sebastian College-Recoletos, meantime, hopes to follow up its breakthrough victory against Mapua when it takes on winless Emilio Aguinaldo College at 2 p.m.

Joy Onofre, Venice Puzon, Ciamelle Wanta and Alexandra Rafael are the players to watch for LPU, which is coming off a painful 28-26, 25-27, 25-16, 19-25, 14-16 loss to Letran last Friday.

The Lady Cardinals, on the other hand, are in eighth spot with a 1-5 card, tied with the Lady Stags.

Mapua fell to San Sebastian 18-25, 20-25, 20-25 Friday that extended its losing streak to four.

Jewelle Bermillo, who plays libero and one of the Lady Stags’ leaders, hopes that their win against the Lady Cardinals is a start of something good for them and that they carry the momentum against the Lady Generals.

“Sobrang saya namin (with the win). Hindi namin in-underestimate ‘yung kalaban. Ang gusto lang namin ‘yung mga natalo namin last year, dapat po matalo naming sila auli. Last year nakuhanan kami ng set ng Mapua. Dapat ngayon, straight set natin sila,” said Bermillo.