Soltones torches Lady Chiefs with 33 points as the Lady Stags remain unbeaten

Mark Escarlote on Dec 12, 2015 03:12 PM
Soltones scores 33 in Lady Stags' fifth straight win
Reigning Most Valuable Player Grethcel Soltones of San Sebastian peppered the defending champion Arellano University with 33 points.

Grethcel Soltones led the San Sebastian Lady Stags as they exacted revenge on last season’s finals tormentor Arellano University Lady Chiefs, 25-23, 18-25, 25-23, 25-21, Saturday to remain undefeated in the 91st NCAA women's volleyball competition at The Arena in San Juan.

The reigning Most Valuable Player Soltones put up an amazing performance with 33 points in the Lady Stags’ fifth straight win in as many outings to take the solo lead.

Soltones, also named as last season’s Best Scorer and a vital cog in the national team that saw action in the Asian U-23 Championship and the Singapore Southeast Asian Games, hammered 31 thunderous spikes to obliterate the defense of the Lady Chiefs and added a block kill and a service ace as SSC-R handed Arellano its first loss in five games.

“Sa totoo lang nagsumikap talaga ang mga bata,” said Lady Stags coach Roger Gorayeb.

“Hindi ko nga napansin na ganoon na pala kalaki ang ginawa ni Grethcel,” added Gorayeb, who played down the angle of avenging their championship loss against the Lady Chiefs early this year.

The mentor said that the squad’s main goal is to win as many games as possible and land in the top two after the nine-game eliminations.

“Ang target namin ay ang no. 1 or no. 2 kasi yun ang may twice-to-beat pagpasok ng susunod na round,” Gorayeb said.

The top two teams after the elims are assured of a semis advantage against the no. 3 and no. 4 teams to determine the squads that will clash in the best-of-three championship.

Joyce Sta. Rita added nine markers while Katherine Villegas and Dangie Encarnacion scored seven markers each.

Shirley Salamagos had 14 points, Christine Joy Rosario finished with 12 while Danna Henson had 10 for the Lady Chiefs.

Meanwhile, the Lyceum of the Philippines Lady Pirates prevailed over the Letran Lady Knights, 25-21, 25-21, 20-25, 25-18, to improve to 3-2 record tied with Emilio Aguinaldo College.

The Lady Knights remain down the cellar with a 0-5 card tied with Mapua.

In men's play, the Chiefs made a short work of the Stags, 25-19, 25-26, 25-19, for a 3-2 record while the Pirates clobbered the Knights, 25-18, 32-34, 25-15, 25-18, for their second win in five games.     

In juniors results, the AU Braves swept the Staglets, 25-18, 25-22, 26-24, while the LPU Junior Pirates routed the Squires, 28-26, 25-17, 25-22.   



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