GRETHCEL Soltones is focusing on her final shot at a title in the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament, vowing to work even harder after leading San Sebastian to another finals appearance with a sweep of the elminations.
San Sebastian finished runner-up thrice in the last four years — 2013 to Perpetual when Soltones was a rookie, 2015 to Arellano, and 2016 to St. Benilde.
Now on her final year, Soltones back-to-back MVP but without a title, hopes to break her duck.
“Kakalimutan ko na ’tong elimination round. Sa finals na ang focus ko, na syempre masakit ’yung apat na taon na hindi nanalo ang saklap noon,” she said.
“Gusto ko na mapanot siguro pag hindi namin nagawa na mag-champion,” added Soltones.
“Magpapakamatay ako sa training lalo na sa game basta iniisip ko ngayon nothing to lose na ko.”
It will be more than a week before the second final spot is filled by the winner of the stepladder semis.
The semifinals start on Friday with the match between No. 4 San Beda against third seed and defending champion College of St. Benilde.
The winner will face second seed Arellano University, which is armed with a twice-to-beat advantage.