TWO-time defending champion University of Perpetual Help survived a tough match against last year’s runner-up San Sebastian College, 24-26, 25-22, 25-20, 15-25, 15-9, on Monday to get back to its winning ways in the NCAA women's volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
Honey Royse Tubino topped the Lady Altas with a season-high 29 points, while reigning MVP Norie Jane Diaz chipped in 15 including three service aces, and four digs as Perpetual Help ended a two-game losing streak and moved into a tie for fifth with SSC (3-2).
The Lady Stags, who absorbed their second straight loss, fell into a maze of errors in the deciding set, which benefited the Lady Altas.
Gretchel Soltones produced 28 points, while Czarina Berbano added 13 markers for San Sebastian.
The Recto-based spikers committed a tournament-worst of 45 errors.
Arellano University dominated Letran, 25-9, 25-16, 25-19, in the other women’s match.
Menchie Tubiera had 14 points, including three service aces and five digs, while Cristine Joy Rosario had five of her 12 points from blocks for the Lady Chiefs.
Arellano bagged its fourth win in five outings to stay close to unbeaten co-leaders San Beda College and College of Saint Benilde.
Angelica Macabalitao and Mikaela Lopez combined for 10 hits for the last-place Lady Knights.
Men's titleholder Perpetual Help, meanwhile, extended its winning run to 38 games with a 25-13, 26-24, 17-25, 13-25, 15-13 decision over San Sebastian.
Edmar Sanchez and Jay Dela Cruz had 20 and 16 points, respectively, for the Altas (5-0).
The Altas spoiled the volleyball debut of Stags basketball standout Leo de Vera, who finished with 11 points, including two blocks and two service aces.