One win away from elims sweep as Gretcel Soltones carries San Sebastian past Lyceum
Gretcel Soltones leads all scorers anew with 27 points for San Sebastian. Jerome Ascano

SAN Sebastian rode on another strong effort by Gretcel Soltones as it turned back Lyceum of the Philippines, 20-25, 25-13, 25-11, 25-14, on Thursday to move one step closer to an elimination round sweep in the 91st NCAA women's volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.

The power-hitting Soltones, the reigning league MVP, had a match-best 27 points including 24 on kills as the Lady Stags booked their eighth straight win.

San Sebastian plays St. Benilde in its final elimination-round match, and victory will earn the team an outright finals berth and send the playoffs into a stepladder system instead of a crossover Final Four.

"She carried us through again, she really wants to win," said San Sebastian Roger Gorayeb of the high-scoring Soltones, who fired 13 in a 25-11, 25-17, 25-15 victory over Letran last Tuesday.

In men's play, LPU trounced San Sebastian, 24-26, 25-21, 25-18, 25-21, in a non-bearing contest to end its campaign with a 4-5 card.

The Stags fell to 3-5.

 

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