SSC-R targets at least a semis playoff
Mark Escarlote on Jan 10, 2017 01:44 PM
San Sebastian College looks to extend its winning streak to seven and inch closer to a semis spot.
(The Arena, San Juan)
8:30 a.m. --- AU vs. CSB (jrs)
10:00 a.m. --- AU vs. CSB (m)
11:30 a.m. --- AU vs. CSB (w)
12:30 p.m. --- Perpetual vs. SSC-R (w)
2:00 p.m. --- Perpetual vs. SSC-R (m)
3:30 p.m. --- Perpetual vs. SSC-R (jrs)
Unbeaten San Sebastian College goes for at least a playoff for a semifinals spot on Wednesday when the Lady Stags return to action in the 92nd NCAA women’s volleyball competition at The Arena in San Juan.
Carrying an immaculate 6-0 win-loss record, SSC-R looks to remain on top of the standings and plant a foot to the next round when it takes on a dangerous Perpetual Help side in the scheduled 12:30 p.m. clash.
Behind reigning back-to-back Most Valuable Player winner Grethcel Soltones, who is averaging 16.16 points per game, the Lady Stags won its first six games including a straight sets victory over the Emilio Aguinaldo College Lady Generals last December 6 before the long holiday break.
SSC-R is just three wins away from sweeping the elimination round that will propel them straight to the Finals with a thrice-to-beat advantage. In this scenario, the top three teams after the elims will play in a stepladder semis format with the no. 2 team enjoying a twice-to-beat advantage.
But Lady Stags head coach Roger Gorayeb is concerned with the mentality of his team heading into the crucial stretch of the elims with Perpetual, Lyceum of the Philippines and defending champion College of St. Benilde standing in their way.
“’Yung kasing kilos nila kung oobserbahan ko ngayon, ‘yang kilos nilang ‘yan hindi yan pang-straight (elims sweep) na panalo,” said Gorayeb. “Wala, ang dami pa nilang butas.”
The mentor added that facing Perpetual will serve as an acid test for his wards.
“Ang iniisip ko ngayon ay yung laro ng team ko at hindi yung laro ng iba,” he said. “Masusubukan kami sa huling tatlong laro namin.”
The Lady Altas after a sluggish start won three games in a row for a 3-2 slate with Lourdes Clemente, who is averaging 10.6 points per outing, leading the way.
Perpetual is coming off a 29-27, 25-15, 25-21 win over Letran last December 7.
Meanwhile, CSB is also gunning for a semis spot playoff against streaking Arellano University at 11:30 a.m.
The Lady Blazers sit a solo second with 6-1 slate ahead of the Lady Chiefs and idle LPU, who are tied at third and fourth spots with identical 5-1 cards.
In men’s play, the league-leading Blazers (6-1) and Chiefs (5-1) face off at 10:00 a.m. while the Altas (4-1) and Stags’ showdown is slate at 2:00 p.m.
In the juniors play, AU (3-2) and CSB (0-4) clash in the 8:00 a.m. opener while Perpetual (3-1) and SSC-R (0-4) collide in the 3:30 p.m. match.
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