EMILIO Aguinaldo College is a win away from bagging the bronze medal after it clobbered National College of Business and Arts, 25-18, 25-12, 25-14, on Saturday in the opener of the best-of-three series for third in the Spikers’ Turf Collegiate Conference at The Arena in San Juan.
Howard Mojica led the Generals with 21 points from 11 spikes, one block and nine of the team’s 12 service aces.
EAC needed only an hour and 11 minutes to take the win and a 1-0 series lead.
“Minotivate ko talaga ang players ko na kunin ng straight sets para makakuha kami ng mas mataas na quotient,” said EAC coach Rodrigo Palmero.
“Kasi pag may nag-champion na baka wala nang Game Three in case matalo kami sa Game Two.”
If the champion team takes the title in two matches and the battle for third is tied at 1-1, a third match won’t be needed to decide the bronze winner as quotient system will apply. The second match is set on Saturday.
The Generals are looking for a boost in confidence as they prepare for the NCAA volleyball tournament that starts in November.
“Ito na ang pinaka step ladder namin papuntang NCAA,” he said. “Para masanay na sila at para may baon na kaming kumpyansa.”
Hariel Doguna, skipper Israel Encina and Kerth Melliza combined for 26 points for EAC.
“’Yun talaga ang target ko, ang umangat si Howard, pero ngayon nagdeliver ang iba niyang teammates kaya napaganda pa ang laro,” said Palmero.
While EAC got 12 points from service aces, NCBA had none. The Generals also covered the floor better with 26 digs compared to 12 by the Wildcats.
EAC guest player April Pagtalunan came up with 37 of the team’s 39 excellent sets, while Lee Nudua registered seven excellent sets for NCBA.
NCBA reinforcement Edwin Tolentino had 10 points.