Soltones bags V-League Conference MVP

ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 14, 2016 07:43 PM
Soltones bags V-League Conference MVP
Grethcel Soltones (no. 1) of BaliPure is the 13th V-League Open Conference Most Valuable Player.

Back-to-back NCAA Most Valuable Player Grethcel Soltones will be adding another feather to her cap.

The BaliPure hitter is set to receive the 13th V-League Open Conference MVP recognition on Saturday during the Individual Awards rites at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

The award will be given before the Purest Water Defenders’ battle for third Game 2 against the Laoag Power Smashers set at 4:00 p.m. 

Game 2 of the best-of-three Finals series between Air Force and Pocari Sweat will follow at 6:00 p.m. The Jet Spikers lead the series, 1-0.

Soltones, who missed BaliPure’s opening day game because of her European tour commitment with teammate Alyssa Valdez, averaged 17.5 points per game in the eliminations. She had 15.3 points average in the semifinals.

The San Sebastian College Lady Stag is second in the scoring department behind National University’s Jaja Santiago and eighth in attack efficiency with 34.75% success rate. The Catmon, Cebu native is fourth in digs during the eliminations with 2.55 digs per set average.

Soltones bested her teammate Valdez and finalists Elaine Kasilag and Myla Pablo of Pocari Sweat and former University of Sto. Tomas star Judy Ann Caballejo of Air Force.

Valdez averaged 21.5 points in four games in the elims and topped the attacking category with 46.75% sucess rate. The former Queen Eagle, who joined Ateneo De Manila in Singapore for the ASEAN University Games, averaged 21 points in the semis.

Kasilag placed third in scoring with an average of 14 points in the elims, sixth in spiking efficiency (36.54%) and fourth in service aces with 0.59 average per set. The Perpetual Help-Laguna product had a norm of 16.3 points in the semis. Pablo missed two games in the elims but still averaged 16.4 points per game, fifth in spiking (38.46%) and had a 20-point norm in the Final Four.

Caballejo is tied at fitfth in scoring with an average of 12.2 points in a complete elims appearance and had 0.48 average of service winners per set while averaging 19 markers in the semis.         

The 21-year old Business Management student Soltones helped the Purest Water Defenders end the eliminations with a 5-2 record to advance in the semifinals where they faced Pocari Sweat.

BaliPure took the opening match of the best-of-three series but were booted out as the Lady Warriors took the next two games.

Soltones, who is yet to win an NCAA title for SSC-R after falling short against Arellano in Season 90 and squandering a thrice-to-beat advantage against College of St. Benilde in Season 91, is expected to once again deliver for the Water Defenders to formally clinch the consolation third place trophy.

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