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    Lady Altas run streak to 16 after five-set thriller

    Dec 4, 2012

    UNIVERSITY of Perpetual Help outlasted San Sebastian, 25-19, 22-25, 25-14, 20-25, 21-19, in the longest game so far in the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament on Tuesday at The Arena in San Juan that kept the Lady Altas’ winning streak alive.

    After beating Mapua in barely 40 minutes two weeks ago, the Lady Altas had to go through two hours of hell before defeating the SSC spikers to remain undefeated in two games this season.

    The defending champions have now won 16 straight games dating back to last season when they swept all their assignments on the way to the crown.

    Honey Royse Tubino had 28 points on 21 spikes and seven blocks, while reigning MVP Sandra delos Santos added 27 on an all-around 14 spikes, 10 blocks, and three service aces as the twin towers delivered as expected for the Las Piñas-based tossers.

    Gretchel Soltones topscored for San Sebastian with 28 markers to emerge as the league’s early scoring leader with a total of 42, but found little help from her teammates as they dropped their first game after upending San Beda last November 20.

    Earlier, Emilio Aguinaldo turned back Letran 25-16, 15-25, 25-15, 25-21, behind Charmille Belleza’s 19 points for the team’s first victory this year.

    Their men’s counterparts also posted a similar result as they beat the Letran Knights, 15-25, 25-21, 19-25, 25-9, 15-10.

    The Perpetual Altas, meanwhile, beat the Sebastian Stags in straight sets, 25-20, 25-20, 25-21, to grab the solo lead in the men’s division with their second win in a row.

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