V-League: Cagayan Valley sweeps Army
MANILA, Philippines -- No one saw it coming.
What was expected to be a dogfight turned into a one-sided affair as powerhouse Cagayan Valley pummeled Philippine Army, 25-9, 25-16, 25-20, in the 10th Shakey’s V-League Open Conference on Sunday, September 8 before a packed crowd at the FilOil Flying V Arena.
Thai reinforcement Kannika Thipachot sizzled with 17 points on 16 attacks while Angeli Tabaquero provided ample help as she finished with 12 markers but it was Wenneth Eulalio who stood as the biggest surprise in the Lady Rising Suns’ win.
The former Far Eastern University standout made a good account of herself, tallying 12 hits but more importantly, she anchored Cagayan Valley’s vaunted blocking.
The Lady Rising Suns’ had fire in their eyes early, zooming to a 17-5 lead in the first set behind Thipachot, Tabaquero and Eulalio.
Back-to-back kills by Eulalio pushed Cagayan Valley into setpoint, 24-9 before Aiza Maizo closed the set with her patented lefty hit, 25-9.
“Sabi ko nga e pag na-excute yung pina-practice natin lalo na yung service and blocking e mananalo tayo,” said Lady Rising Suns’ head coach Nes Pamilar. “Maganda ‘yung nilaro nila ngayon.”
Cagayan Valley dominated Army in the blocking department, 13-4, with Pau Soriano and Eulalio accounting for 8 blocks.
The Lady Troopers never recovered from its flat start in the first set as the Lady Rising Suns continued its onslaught in the second frame, taking a commanding 13-5 lead on a Tabaquero point as Cagayan never relinquished the lead.
The prolific Thipachot then ended the set with a kill, 25-16.
Army tried to extend the match to a fourth set as they managed to keep within striking distance behind Jovelyn Gonzaga but lady luck did not smile on the Lady Troopers.
Tabaquero converted the match-clinching attack, 25-20.
“Lahat ng locals nag-contribute,” quipped Pamilar, giving props to his local crew that ably complemented his two imports.
Ace setter Phomia Soraya had 37 excellent sets in the match for Cagayan, who remained unbeaten in the standings with a 6-0 record.
Gonzaga carried the fight for Army, who slid to 3-1, with 12 points. No other Lady Trooper scored in double-figures. - Rappler.com