• Generals hunt for second straight title in NCAA volleyball

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    Defending champion Emilio Aguinaldo College will be gunning for its second straight title when it battles University of Perpetual Help System Dalta in Game 2 of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 91 men’s volleyball finals at The Arena in San Juan City.

    The Generals-Atlas game is set at 2 p.m.

    EAC holds a 1-0 edge in the best-of-three series following its 25-22, 14-25, 25-14, 25-16 victory over Perpetual Help in Game 1.

    Reigning Most Valuable Player Howard Mojica will be leading the Generals anew along with open hitter Kerth Melliza, utility Hariel Doguna and middle blocker Israel Encina.

    Mojica delivered 22 points on 17 attacks, four blocks and an ace.

    Perpetual Help, on the other hand, must draw huge games from Rey Taneo Jr., Bonjomar Castel, Relan Taneo and Ranidean Abcede as it aims to force a deciding Game 3.

    In the women’s division, College of Saint Benilde hopes to sustain its momentum when it clashes with San Sebastian College in Game 2 of their own finals series at 4 p.m.

    The Lady Blazers posted a 24-26, 25-21, 25-19, 25-13 win over the Lady Stags in Game 1 with veterans Jeanette Panaga, Janine Navarro and Djanel Welch Cheng leading the charge.

    Panaga made her presence felt both on offense and defense, scoring nine attacks and six aces to go with eight blocks while Navarro contributed 19 hits and Cheng had 25 excellent sets.

    “It was a team effort and we’re hoping that it will continue in our next games,” said head coach Michael Carino, who is aiming to steer the Lady Blazers to their first-ever title in the league.

    National mainstay Grethcel Soltones delivered her usual numbers in Game 1 for the Lady Stags, scoring 27 points.

    But the graduating open hitter failed to get support from her teammates including Nikka Dalisay and Joyce Santa Rita, who were limited to a combined six-point output.

    EMIL C. NOGUERA

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