Sun sets on champs as Cagayan makes finals
The Cagayan Valley Rising Suns completed a sweep of Philippine Army in their semifinal series. Jerome Ascano

CAGAYAN Valley-Perpetual Help dethroned Philippine Army, 17-25, 25-15, 24-26, 25-18, 15-7, and arranged a showdown with Sandugo-San Sebastian for the Shakey’s V-League Open Conference championship.

Twice down by a set, the Rising Suns turned the tables on the Lady Troopers as Joy Cases and Kunbang Pornpimol poured in five unanswered points to give the Rising Suns the upperhand, 15-9, and complete a fourth-set comeback that paved the way for a winner-take-all.

But the deciding set proved to be a one-sided match for the Rising Suns, who raced to an 8-3 lead and never look back on their way to completing a 2-0 sweep of the Lady Troopers in their best-of-three semis series.

Game One of the Finals is on Sunday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

“Ang sabi ko naman sa kanila hindi na pwede mag Game Three, dapat ito na yung huli,” said Cagayan Valley coach Mike Rafael. “Kailangan na natin talunin yung Army.”

All but two of the Rising Suns starters finished in double figures led by Sutadta Chuewulim who had 20 points. Sandra delos Santos and Cases chipped in 18 and 14 markers, respectively, while, Honey Royse Tubino and Pornpimol contributed 11 apiece.

The Lady Troopers, who failed to defend their title, were led by Michelle Carolino who came through with 17 points, while Rachel Anne Daquis and Joanne Bunag added 15 and 14, respectively.

The Lady Troopers will battle the Ateneo Lady Eagles for third place in a similar best-of-three series.

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