SANDUGO San Sebastian completed a sweep of the first round, downing Far Eastern University 25-8, 25-23, 25-13 in the Shakey’s V League Open Conference on Tuesday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.
The Lady Stags went on an 11-3 run capped by a Rhea Dimaculangan service ace for a 17-6 midway in the third set. They finished the match in just an hour and two minutes and sealed their fifth win in as many outings.
“Ang haba pa ng liga,” said Sandugo San Sebastian coach Roger Gorayeb, waving off suggestions the team is going for a tournament sweep. “Pero nagpapasalamat pa rin ako (sa first-round sweep).”
Nene Bautista skipped the match due to a knee sprain sustained in their last game against Philippine Army on Sunday, but was hardly missed as the rest of the squad still proved too much for the Lady Tamaraws, who remained winless in five matches.
“Medyo ok naman na yung cohesion ng team. Pero kulang kami sa player kasi si Nene (Bautista) wala, buti na lang si Angela (Benting) maayos yung laro,” Gorayeb added.
Thai reinforcements Jang Bualee and Kaensing Utaiwan led the Lady Stags with 14 and 13 points, respectively, while Ivy Remulla and Iris Renee Patrona had eight points apiece for the Lady Tamaraws.
Earlier, Cagayan Valley finished the first round of the eliminations with an easy win, walloping Philippine Navy 25-14, 25-14, 25-9.
Sandra delos Santos fired four service aces in a 13-0 rally that highlighted the opening set and the Rising Suns improved their win-loss record to 3-2 for third spot in the six-team tournament.
“Nag-relax na sila (Navy) kasi may panalo na,” said Cagayan coach Mike Rafael. “Yun naman ang tendency ng isang team pag nakapanalo na, bababa ang laro.”
Delos Santos came up with 19 points, with seven service aces, while Honey Royse Tubino, Joy Cases and Sutadta Chuewulim chipped in 12, 11 and 10, respectively for Cagayan.
Navy now has a 1-4 record. None of the Lady Sailors finished in double figures, with Kiteh Rosales leading the squad with only seven points.
In the third match, Army slipped in the third set but quickly bounced back to beat Ateneo 25-15, 25-20, 20-25, 25-21.
Michelle Carolino had 21 points as the Lady Toopers scored their fourth win against one setback for second spot behind Sandugo.
Alyssa Valdez scored 21 for the Lady Eagles, who now hold a 2-3 win-loss record.