RETURNING coach Roger Gorayeb is off to a winning start in the 89th NCAA women's volleyball tournament as San Sebastian College-Recoletos downed Letran, 25-19, 25-21, 25-15, at The Arena in San Juan on Thursday.
Sophomore sensation Gretchel Soltones came away with 20 points on 16 spikes, one block and three service aces for last year's runners-up Lady Stags. Monique Pablo scored seven for Letran.
Trisha Crisostomo had 20 excellent sets and the rest of the squad looked fine, but the Gorayeb still wasn't satisfied with their opening game.
"I'm still not satisfied in our game. We are like starting all over again. Lahat tinuturo na naman, sana hindi ganyan for the rest of the season. Problema pa rin yun setting," said Gorayeb, back with SSC-R after being banned by the NCAA in 2011 along with San Beda men’s basketball team coach Frankie Lim for an altercation on the sidelines of a volleyball match.
Meanwhile, defending champion University of Perpetual Help trounced Jose Rizal University, 25-10, 25-16, 25-13.
Honey Tubino produced 13 points, while reigning MVP Norie Jane Diaz and Jamela Suyat had 11 apiece, and Shaira Cabriana added 10 for the Lady Altas. Maria Margarita Tabunda had six markers for JRU.
Meanwhile in men's action, Letran turned back San Sebastian, 25-22, 25-18, 25-15.
Rudy Gatdula had 11 points for the Intamuros-based squad, while John Rivanadera, harold Reyes, Mark Dichoso and Wyndle Bagang combined for 26.
Letran won the battle at the net, coming up with 10 blocks against one by SSC. Richard Tolentino had 11 markers for San Sebastian.
Three-time defending champion Perpetual Help whipped JRU, 25-18, 25-15, 25-21, with Jay de la Cruz scoring 13 points and Ralph Savellano adding 12.
Perpetual Help outplayed the Heavy Bombers, coming up with 18 block points against JRU’s one. Joseph Mariano had eight markers for JRU.