CAGAYAN Valley survived a relentless strike from Philippine National Police, pulling off a five-set win on Tuesday to complete a sweep of the elimination round of the Shakey's V-League Season 10 Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan.
The Rising Suns were stretched to the limit for the first time in the conference, registering a 22-25, 29-27, 25-13, 20-25, 15-9 win in one hour and 59 minutes.
Before facing the Lady Patrolers, Cagayan had won five matches in straight sets and dropped a set just once, in a match against Air Force.
PNP remained winless in four outings.
From a slim 6-5 lead in the deciding set, Cagayan pulled away after Pau Soriano sparked a 6-2 run for a 13-7 lead.
Thai reinforcement Sangmuang Patcharee scored on a spike and a service ace to help PNP inch closer, 9-13. But Cagayan earned a point as Ana Concepcion hit the ball out and Kannika Thipachot ended came with a crisp spike to end the match.
"Tinignan ko lang paano kung wala si So," said Cagayan coach Nes Pamilar, who did not start Thai import Phomia Sorraya.
"Sumubok ako ng ibang kumbinasyon, ginamit ko lahat ng players para maka-enjoy lahat para anytime na gagamitin sila may kumpyansa," he added.
Aiza Maizo had 19 points, Wenneth Eulalio and skipper Angge Tabaquero each had 16 markers, while 17-year old Thipachot chipped in 12 for Cagayan Valley.
"Nakapuhunan na kami (coming sa quarterfinals) kasi carry over naman yan (win-loss record) eh. Ano man ang maging resulta sa susunod na (na round) at least sigurado na kami sa semis," said the Pamilar.
Janine Marciano, who also plays for San Beda in the NCAA, had a game-high 24 points from 19 spikes, three blocks and two service aces for the Lady Patrolers. Sangmuang added 21 and Frances
Molina, also from SBC, contributed 16.