PHILIPPINE Navy relied on Lilet Mabbayad's game-long heroics to turn back Coast Guard, 25-20, 25-23, 25-21, Saturday and bounce back in contention in the Shakey's V-League Season 12 Reinforced Conference at The Arena in San Juan.
Skipper Janet Serafica produced 34 excellent sets, Mabbayad and Pau Soriano combined for 29 poins for the Lady Sailors, who also drew solid backup from Hezzymie Acuña, Therese Veronas, May Madulid, and Pauline Genido.
The win allowed the Lady Sailors to bounce back from a sorry four-set setback to the UP Lady Maroons last week in a match they controlled early on.
The Lady Dolphins kept the game close by pouncing on the Sailors' errors and missed hits, but the latter showed composure at endgame to fashion out the straight-set victory.
Navy moved to solo fourth behind joint leaders PLDT Home Ultera ,Army, and UP in the season-ending conference of the league sponsored by Shakey's.
"We just wanted to get the win after our heartbreaking loss to UP. But it Took a lot of effort, teamwork, and trust in ourselves to clinch this victory, “ said Mabbayad, who finished with 15 points .
Navy made up for its erratic game, marred by 34 errors, with superb court coverage behind libero Jennifer Fortuno, who accounted for 14 of the team's 34 excellent digs, 11 more than their opponents.Team captain Rossan Fajardo fired nine hits while Hyrize Macabuhay and Samantha Dawson combined for 13 points for Coast Guard, which dropped to an 0-2 record.