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    Sandugo clinches V-League title with sweep of Cagayan

    Sep 18, 2012
    The Lady Stags celebrate after claiming their team trophy and medals, with Thai guest player Jeng Bualee getting a plaque after being named Finals MVP. Jerome Ascano

    SANDUGO-San Sebastian made short work of Cagayan Valley-Perpetual Help this time to clinch the Shakey’s V-League Open Conference championship via a sweep on Tuesday night at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

    The Lady Stags were simply dominant in a 25-18, 25-22, 25-16 win in Game Two of the best-of-three series. They also won the Finals opener, but were stretched to five sets before prevailing, 18-25, 29-27, 14-25, 25-13, 15-7.   

    Holding on to a shaky 14-12 lead, Sandugo unloaded nine attacks, including two service aces by Jeng Bualee and Suzanne Roces to claim its first title in the league as club team.

    “Syempre gusto ko mag sweep, pero hindi ko expected na masu-sweep ko nga,” said a delighted Sandugo mentor Roger Gorayeb.

    “Confident lang kami kaya kami nanalo," he added.

    Led by Bualee, adjudged as the Finals MVP, the Lady Stags ended the conference with a remarkable 13-1 (win-loss) record, their lone loss coming at the expense of deposed champion Philippine Army.

    Bualee came away with 14 points, on top of 12 attacks and two service as the Thai import, a two-time league MVP, finally won her first V-League title.

    Roces and Kaensing Utaiwan chipped in 12, respectively, while Nene Bautista provided 11 for Sandugo-San Sebastian.

    “Syempre super happy, very masaya ako,” said Bualee of her first championship after a seven-year stint in the premier volleyball league for women in the country.

    Best Attacker Honey Royse Tubino came through with 10 markers for runner up Rising Suns.

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    The Lady Stags celebrate after claiming their team trophy and medals, with Thai guest player Jeng Bualee getting a plaque after being named Finals MVP. Jerome Ascano
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