Soltones powers Lady Stags for a share of the lead
Mark Escarlote on Dec 01, 2016 01:55 PM
San Sebastian College rolled to its fourth straight win for a share of the top spot.
Reigning back-to-back Most Valuable Player Grethcel Soltones had a field day Thursday as San Sebastian College shot down the San Beda Lionesses in an emphatic fashion, 25-16, 25-13, 25-16, for a share of the lead in the 92nd NCAA women’s volleyball competition at The Arena in San Juan.
The graduating hitter was on target, hitting 20 kills in her total of 21 points to lead the Lady Stags to their fourth win in as many outings tied with defending champion College of St. Benilde Lady Blazers on top of the standings.
What was expected to be a shootout between the two teams that entered the team tied at second and third spot turned out to be a one-sided affair with the Recto-based squad outgunning their Mendiola-based rivals, 46-19, in attacks.
SSC-R also gave San Beda a hard time on their reception as the Lady Stags scored 10 points off aces with captain Vira Guillema scoring three of her four points from service winners.
Joyce Sta. Rita backed Soltones, who had 10 digs and six excellent receptions, with eight points while Nikka Dalisay and Katherine Villegas combined for 12 markers.
Only Francesca Racraquin scored in double figures for the Lionesses with 11 points as San Beda absorbed its first loss of the season to drop at third spot with a 3-1 card.
In the other women's match, Arellano University tripped the Letran Lady Knights, 25-18, 25-14, 29-31, 25-17, to join San Beda at 3-1 slate.
Letran slid down to 0-4 card tied with Mapua and Emilio Aguinaldo College.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs captured their fourth win in as many games to remain at solo top spot in the men's division at the expense of the Knights, 25-10, 25-18, 18-25, 25-18.
The Red Lions clawed the Stags, 25-13, 25-23, 25-17, for their third win in four games to tie College of St. Benilde at second to third spot behind undefeated Arellano University.
SSC-R dropped to 1-3 slate tied with Jose Rizal University and Letran.
In the juniors’ division, the Red Cubs shook off a sluggish start to knock down the Staglets, 19-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-23, and notch their first win after four tries while handing SSC-R its third straight defeat in as many outings.
The Braves swept the Squires, 25-21, 25-23, 25-22, for a 2-1 record.
Letran dropped to 2-2 card.
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