Lady Stags improve to 7-0, CSB secures third semis spot
Mark Escarlote on Jan 05, 2016 05:27 PM
San Sebastian won its seventh straight game in as many outings while College of St. Benilde secured the third semifinals seat.
Unscathed San Sebastian barely broke a sweat in capturing its seventh straight win to move a step closer to sweeping the 91st NCAA women’s volleyball eliminations.
It took the Lady Stags only 55 minutes to put down the hapless Letran Lady Knights, 25-11, 25-17, 25-15, at the resumption of their campaign Tuesday at The Arena in San Juan.
Reigning Most Valuable Player Grethcel Soltones nailed a match-best 13 hits, all coming off kills, as the Lady Stags inched two games closer for an elims sweep that would send them to the championship round outright where they will be armed with a thrice-to-beat edge.
“Kung kami ang papasok sa finals na diretso e di salamat. Pero wag muna nating isipin ang mga yun kasi may mga laro pa kami,’ said SSC-R mentor Roger Gorayeb, who is looking to add the NCAA crown to his collection of trophies after his grand slam in the 12th Shakey’s V-League last year.
In this scenario, the next three teams that will qualify in the next phase will battle it out in a stepladder semifinals.
The Lady Stags’s last three assignments are against Lyceum of the Philippines University Lady Pirates on Friday and the College of St. Benilde Lady Blazers on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Lady Blazers followed San Sebastian and defending champion Arellano University Lady Chiefs in the semifinals beating Emilio Aguinaldo College Lady Generals, 25-15, 25-12, 18-25, 25-20, to improve to 6-1 record.
Janine Navarro led the way for CSB with 20 points while Jeannette Panaga, Jan Daguil and Chelsea Santillan scored 16, 12, 11 markers, respectively, to highlight the Lady Blazers balanced attack.
CSB tied the Lady Chiefs at second place.
The Lady Generals dropped their fifth game in eight matches tied with San Beda while the Lady Knights are winless in seven outings.
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