UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas spoiled the return of San Sebastian College’s top hitter Gretchel Soltones and pounded out a 25-16, 20-25, 25-14, 25-20 victory to zero in on the second quarterfinal berth in Group B of the Shakey’s V-League Season 11 First Conference on Sunday at The Arena in San Juan City.
The Tigresses put on a solid defensive stand, coming up with 15 blocks, while ace rookie Ennajie Laure continued to flash her awesome spiking prowess with 16 kills.
Marivic Meneses and Pam Lastimosa had a combined 26-hit output as the Tigresses improved their win-loss record to 2-1 and gained solo second behind unbeaten defending champion National University (4-0).
San Sebastian fell to fourth place at 1-3 behind FEU (2-2). NCAA titlist Perpetual Help is winless in three matches.
Rhea Dimaculangan and Eiriel Cortez added eight and six points for UST and Shannen Palec, Carmela Tunay, Jessey de Leon and Loren Lantin combined for eight points.
But it was the Tigresses net defense that frustrated the Lady Stags, particularly Soltones, who returned after missing the team’s last two games due to injury but was held to just nine hits.
Soltones, who scored 15 points in a four-set loss to Far Eastern U last March 25, made 35 attempts against the Tigresses, scoring on just eight spikes while making 12 faults.
Czarina Berbano fired 13 hits while Bea Uy had eight for the SSC squad, which closes out their elims schedule against the Davao Agilas on April 27.
The league backed by Mikasa, Accel and Lion Tiger Mosquito Coil. takes a break in observance of Lent with action to resume on Easter Sunday. The Davao Lady Agilas debut against the FEU Lady Tamaraws, while Ateneo battles St. Benilde.
The Perpetual-FEU match on Sunday will be shown on Tuesday starting at 1 p.m. on GMA News TV Channel with the UST-SSC match to be aired tomorrow.