SAN Sebastian leaned on a strong start in the deciding set to turn back league leader San Beda, 23-25, 26-24, 25-15, 19-25, 15-7, in the 89th NCAA women's volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan on Friday.
The Lady Stags pulled away early in the fifth set when it raced to a quick 7-0 lead, before sophomore sensation Gretchel Soltones came through with back-to-back resounding spikes to stretch the gap at 11-3.
San Beda never recovered from there as Jonah Corpuz ended the match with a spike that landed at the wide-open center part of the Lionesses' court.
Jolina Libiano came away with 18 points, while Soltones added 17 and Bea Uy 10 for San Sebastian, whose win stopped the five-game winning streak of San Beda.
San Sebastian moved to a tie with three-time defending champion University of Perpetual Help at 4-2.
The dynamic duo of Janina Marciano and Frances Molina led San Beda with 20 and 19 markers, respectively, as the Lionesses (5-1) absorbed their first loss for the season.
Earlier in men's play, San Beda dominated San Sebastian, 25-14, 25-15, 25-20.
Lorenzo Capate made 20 points, while Gilbert Ablan added 12 for the Mendiola-based spikers, who improved to a 5-1 record.
Richard Tolentino and Leo de Vera each came with nine markers for the Golden Stags, who fell to a 1-5 record.