LEAGUE-leading Sandugo-San Sebastian disposed of Philippine Navy, 25-18, 25-12, 25-20, shoving the Lady Sailors out of the semifinal picture in the Shakey’s V League Open Conference Tuesday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.
The Lady Stags transformed the match into a workout that lasted just one hour and eight minutes, with Thai guest players Jeng Baulee and Utaiwan Kaensing coming through with 22 and 11 points, respectively, for Sandugo.
The Lady Stags improved their win-loss record to 9-1, while the Lady Sailors ended their campaign at 2-8.
The result gave Ateneo a free ticket to the semifinals even if the Lady Eagles lost against Cagayan Valley-Perpetual Help later in the day, 25-21, 25-20, 25-17.
The Rising Suns finished with a 7-3 record and enter the semis as the no. 3 team.
The Lady Eagles (3-7) played with only seven players as Alyssa Valdez, Fille Cainglet, Dzi Gervacio, Denden Lazaro, and Ella De Jesus missed the game to attend their classes.
Sandugo, whose lone loss came at the hands of defending absorbed its lone setback from champion Philippine Army, will face Ateneo for the first game of the best-of-three semifinal round.
Cagayan Valley-Perpetual Help takes on Philippine Army in the other semifinal.
“Nagrelax na lang kami,” said Sandugo-San Sebastian coach Roger Gorayeb. “Kahit naman matalo kami dito No. 1 na kami kaya no pressure kami.”
Kiteh Rosale was the only Lady Sailor who finished in double figures with 10.
Gorayeb noted they still have some plays that they have yet to master, but may still try to use against Ateneo.
“May mga atake pa kami na di nagagawa pero bukas na ang laro kaya bahala na lang.”
Philippine Army recovered from a sluggish start to beat Far Eastern University in four sets.
Rachel Anne Daquis finished with 20 points, while Michelle Carolino and Joanne Bunag contributed 12 apiece as the Lady Troopers won 22-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-16.
Army enters the semifinals as second seed with an 8-2 win-loss card.
Sangmuang Patcharee led the Lady Tams with 17 attack markers and Wenneth Eulalio added 10.
FEU finished the conference with only one win in ten games.