Inspired Soltones leads SSC-R in Game 3 to force a decider
Mark Escarlote on Jan 26, 2016 08:06 PM
Grethcel Soltones dropped 31 points and received ample support from her teammates as San Sebastian College forced a championship series decider on Thursday.
An inspired Grethcel Soltones breathed new life to the flickering championship bid of San Sebastian College.
The back-to-back Most Valuable Player rallied the once thrice-to-beat Lady Stags in Game 3 of the 91st NCAA women’s volleyball championship to a 25-22, 25-19, 26-28, 25-23 victory to force a decider against the College of St. Benilde Lady Blazers at The Arena in San Juan Tuesday.
Soltones, who before the game also received the Best Scorer award and had a heart-warming reunion with her mother she hadn’t seen in 13 years, pumped in 31 points coming off 27 kills and four service aces for the Recto-based squad.
Game 4 is on Thursday slated at 3:30 p.m.
Head coach Roger Gorayeb lauded his other players for stepping up to help Soltones in then scoring load.
“Kailangan lahat tumulong ngayon tumulong lahat e,” said Gorayeb, who tweaked his starting line up by fielding in seldom used Denice Lim for Dangie Encarnacion.
Katherine Villegas scored 11 markers while Joyce Sta. Rita and Nikka Dalisay registered eight points each for the Lady Stags, who once held a thrice-to-beat advantage and advanced to the Finals outright after sweeping the 9-game eliminations.
Encarnacion broke the fourth frames last deadlock at 23 with a cross court hit and Soltones sealed the deal with another cross for SSC-R’s first win in the series after suffering a 26-24, 21-25, 19-25, 13-25, setback in the series opener and a 23-25, 25-21, 22-25, 16-25 defeat last Friday that pushed the Lady Stags on the brink of losing a chance to break a four-year title drought.
Janine Navarro scored 16 points while Jeannete Panaga and Ranya Musa had 13 markers each for the Lady Blazers.
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