LA Salle-Dasmariñas, banking on its blocking prowess, wore down San Sebastian in an extended third set duel and hacked out a 25-20, 25-17, 29-27 victory to clinch the No. 3 spot in Group A at the close of the elimination round of the Shakey’s V-League Season 10 First Conference at The Arena in San Juan on Sunday.
Iari Yongco unloaded 14 hits while Mariel Desengano and Monique Tiangco each fired 10 points for the Lady Patriots, who join unbeaten Ateneo and the No. 1 team (National U) and No. 3 squad in Group B in the quarterfinals.
The Lady Patriots wound up with a 2-2 card, but will carry a 0-1 slate in the next round owing to their setback to the Lady Eagles in the elims of the event sponsored by Shakey’s and backed by Mikasa and Accel.
La Salle-Dasmarinas’ win also negated the 22-hit effort of Jeng Bualee for SSC.
“We did study Bualee and Sue (Roces) moves, especially Bualee’s jump-serve and hard balls and I told them to keep their composure and play with a lot of hustle,” said La Salle-Dasma coach Darwin Campana.
San Sebastian closed out with a 1-3 mark, winning just once over ousted Letran, but will be in the other group in the quarters along with Group B’s Nos. 2 and 4 teams.
Despite landing in the tougher group, Campana remains confident of his team’s chances, saying they can match up with the Lady Eagles and Bulldogs’ firepower.
Cherry Nunag, Jennifer Manzano and Gieselle Bembo combined for 21 points for La Salle-Dasma, which also beat Letran but will have its hands full against the league’s fancied teams in the quarters.
While Bualee, SSC’s resident Thai reinforcement, sustained her form and made 22 points, the rest of the Lady Stags struggled with their offense.
Former MVP Suzanne Roces, a regular double-digit scorer, finished with just nine markers, while Czarina Berbano and Jolina Labiano combined for just nine points.