Dolly Verzosa delivered an all-around performance to power Jose Rizal University (JRU) to a thrilling 22-25, 25-19, 21-25, 25-21,15-8 win over San Sebastian College in Season 95 National Collegiate Athletic Association women’s volleyball tournament yesterday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Verzosa was on fire as the Lady Bombers hung tight down the stretch to help the Lady Bombers kick off their campaign on a sizzling note.
She finished with 16 attacks, three aces and two blocks for a 21-point effort lace with 20 digs.
Still, JRU head coach Mia Tioseco stressed that they remain a work in progress.
“We still have a lot to improve, especially our communication inside the court,” said Tioseco, whose wards finished their campaign with a 4-5 win-loss card last year.
“We’re hoping to make it to the finals this time. At least this is a good start as we build towards that goal.”
Verzosa, a third-year spiker, took charge in the deciding set as she carried the Lady Bombers to a 4-1 lead.
Reyann Cañete tried to rally the Lady Stags, but Verzosa ran wild, delivering the crucial blows that sealed the victory.
“This is just the start of the season and we still have a lot of assignments to do,” said Tioseco, whose team has been clobbering San Sebastian in the elimination round for three consecutive years.
Shannai Requierme notched 17 points and 18 digs while opposite spiker Jamille Carreon drilled 14 markers for the Lady Stags, who are being handled by a new coach in Norvie Labuga.