FAITH Nisperos sustained her fine play to power Ateneo to a 25-17, 25-17, 25-8 victory over and earn its second straight win in Pool A of the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Collegiate Conference on Saturday at the Arena in San Juan City.
Nisperos had 15 points with 11 spikes and four service aces as Ateneo stopped San Sebastian in a little over an hour.
Team captain Ponggay Gaston scored 10 points, while Jaja Maraguinot made 20 excellent sets and fired four aces, finishing with seven markers.
Ateneo is on top of Pool A with a 2-0 win-loss record.
“Everything is a learning process pa rin. You just have to keep on learning and learning. We really have to maximize our players para mas lumalim ang cohesiveness namin,” said Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro. “We know naman na our team is basically young, mostly are sophomores and freshmen so kailangan naming magkaroon talaga ng tiwala sa isa’t isa.”
San Sebastian only nailed 13 attacks, while Ateneo had 35 kills.
No SSC player scored in double figures, with Sherielyn Bigata having the highest output of five markers as they remained winless in two matches.
Meanwhile, Arellano survived without injured Regine Arocha and three other key players, beating Lyceum, 25-23, 12-25, 25-21, 25-21, for a 2-0 record in Pool B.
NCAA Finals MVP Arocha missed the match due to an ankle injury. Carla Donato was out due to a hand injury, Jehan Hussain sat out with a knee injury, while Donna Paralejas could not play due to an allergy.
NCAA Season MVP Necole Ebuen stepped up and led the Lady Chiefs with 22 points.
“Talagang struggle ngayon e. Bawas ako ng player e. Yung pwesto namin ngayon hindi namin na-practice e so tiningnan ko lang kung anong nangyari,” said Arellano coach Obet Javier. “‘Maganda na rin kahit papaano, nakita na rin yung mga bago kung asan na talaga yung laro nila ngayon.“
Risa Batindaan had nine points, while Nicole Sasuman finished with five points. Sarah Verutiao had 26 excellent sets on top of four markers.
Ciarnella Wanta with 14 points built on 10 attacks and two service aces, while Joan Doguna chipped 11 markers laced with 14 digs and seven receptions for Lyceum, winless in two matches.