REIGNING MVP Grethcel Soltones bounced back from a lethargic game last time as she powered San Sebastian to 25-16, 25-13, 25-16 demolition of San Beda on Thursday to seize a share of the lead with defending champion St. Benilde in the NCAA Season 92 women's volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying Center in San Juan City.
The power-hitting Soltones unloaded a match-best 21 hits, 20 coming from spikes, as the Lady Stags clinched their fourth straight victory to catch up with the Lady Blazers at the helm.
Soltones, who was averaging 17 points entering the game, was coming off an 11-point effort in a 28-26, 25-14, 24-26, 24-26, 15-7 escape win over a pesky Letran last week but was on attack mode this time.
"The last game was a wake-up call and the team vowed to come back strong," said San Sebastian coach Roger Gorayeb.
Francesca Racraquin paced the Red Spikers with 11 but they just didn't have an answer to Soltones, as San Beda fell to its first defeat after winning its first three outings.
Earlier, San Beda overpowered San Sebastian, 25-13, 25-23, 25-17, to zoom to joint second with St. Benilde on 3-1 (win-loss) records.
In juniors' action, San Beda turned back San Sebastian, 19-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-23, to nail its first win in four games.
The Staglets fell to 0-3.
Games on Monday
(Filoil Flying V Center)
9 a.m.- Perpetual Help vs Mapua (m)
10:30 a.m.- Perpetual Help vs Mapua (w)
12 nn.- San Beda vs Jose Rizal (w)
1:30 p.m.- San Beda vs Jose Rizal (m)