QUEZON CITY – Host New Era University sent shockwaves through the 15th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) Men’s Volleyball tournament by downing defending champion Centro Escolar University in five sets Wednesday (February 23) at the NEU Gym. The Hunters of Coach Manny Lagrada took the last two sets to prevail, 24-26, 25-17, 20-25, 25-19 and 15-12.
Eugene Magbitang stepped up in the decider with points off spikes, including a screamer that put the Hunters ahead for good, 12-11. New Era also drew big performances from Jonathan Eugenio and Jhay-R Alfonso as they survived the loss due to injury of team captain Kemuel Encina with the score tied at 9-9.
The Hunters thus moved back into the top four of the standings with an even 2-2 win-loss card. The Scorpions dropped to 1-2 and are just hanging on to the final playoff berth.
Rizal Tech 5-0
Centro Escolar 4-0
New Era 2-2
Saint Clare 1-3
Philippine Christian 0-5
Rizal Tech 3-0
New Era 2-2
Centro Escolar 1-2
Philippine Christian 0-4
In the Women’s Division, defending champion Rizal Technological University Lady Thunder kept its spotless record by cruising to their fifth straight win at the expense of Saint Clare College of Caloocan, 25-8, 25-13 and 25-17. PMMS kept Philippine Christian University winless in four starts, 25-11, 25-13 and 25-17.
The Hunters’ win cushioned the loss of the Huntresses to the AMA University Lady Titans in the day’s opening match. AMA notched its first win of the tournament after three losses, 25-17, 25-22 and 25-20.
A heavy six-game bill marks the penultimate day of the elimination round this Friday (February 26) at the NEU Gym. All teams except the Lady Thunder will see action beginning at 8:00 AM.