Soltones, Arabe carry Lady Stags over Lady Pirates
MANILA, Philippines – The San Sebastian College-Recoletos (SSCR) Lady Stags opened their National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) crusade with a 3-sets-to-nothing win against the Lyceum Philippines University (LPU) Lady Pirates during the first match date of the league’s volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena on Wednesday, November 12.
The volleybelles of SSCR relied on the services of their top caliber players Nikka Arabe and team captain Gretchel Soltones, who tallied in a combined total of 24 points, to power their way past their counterparts from Intramuros.
The Roger Gorayeb-mentored women’s squad took the driver’s seat after the first set of the match, dominating LPU, 25-16.
The combined might of Soltones and Arabe, buffered by the setting skills of Trisha Crisostomo, proved to be too powerful for the defense of LPU's volleybelles as they once again commanded the second set, 25-17.
Consequently, the Lady Pirates refused to go down without a fight as the duo of Danielle Calaggugan and Mikaela Andres, who both grabbed 9 points, sparked an outburst that gave a scare to the Lady Stags late in the third set.
However, the late rally of LPU was too weak for the strong offense of the women from Recto as Vira Guillema connected in with 3 consecutive service aces as their team took the set and the match, 27-25.
Meanwhile, the Emilio Aguinaldo College Lady Generals ousted the San Beda College Lady Red Spikers after winning 3 out of the 4 sets of their match.
The San Marcelino-based volleybelles destroyed the confidence of their foes from Mendiola after trouncing them in two consecutive sets, 25-13 and 25-16, behind the feat of Maria Pagdanganan, who raked in 12 points.
San Beda, on the other hand, denied EAC a sweep after they took the second set, 18-25.
Come the 4th set, the hungry ladies of EAC finally put the hopes of another SBC blitz as they once again overtook their adversaries, 25-18, to bring home their first win.
Also, the Arellano University women’s volleyball team posted their own first game day win as they clobbered the ladies volleyball team of the Mapua Institute of Technology in three consecutive sets, 25-12, 25-20 and 25-22.
In the match between the volleybelles of University of Perpetual Help System Dalta and Jose Rizal University, the Lady Altas prevailed after four set of action, 22-25, 25-18, 25-20 and 25-19.
To cap of the wins for the first day of the NCAA women’s volleyball competition, the Lady Blazers of College of Saint Benilde defeated the Colegio De San Juan De Letran in three straight sets, 25-9, 25-19 and 25-13. – Rappler.com