Semis bound Meralco downs also-ran Coast Guard to finish elims with back-to-back wins
Aby Marano and the Power Spikers come up with a morale-boosting win ahead of the round of four. Dante Peralta

MERALCO never let up despite earlier securing a semifinal berth, clobbering Coast Guard, 25-20, 25-20, 25-20, on Tuesday in the Shakey’s V-League Season 12 Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan City.

Aby Maraño came away with a 17-hit game as the Power Spikers imposed their will early with their power game while pouncing on the Lady Dolphins’ poor set-ups to seal the win in one hour and 11 minutes.

They had nailed a semifinal berth with one match to spare but the Power Spikers still came out strong and recorded their second straight win for a 4-3 win-loss slate.

The back-to-back victories also primed up Meralco against defending champion Army at the start of the semifinals on Thursday. Cagayan and PLDT tangle in the other match.

The top two teams after the single round semis will dispute the crown in a best-of-three series starting May 21.

With Maraño on the firing end and Charleen Cruz providing backup with eight hits, the Power Spikers unloaded 47 kills as against the Lady Dolphins’ 31. Angelica Legacion upstaged Sarah Jane Espelita by accounting for 21 of the team’s 37 excellent sets. Espelita, the league’s top setter, could only come up with 17.

Skipper Steph Mercado added seven markers while Faye Guevara, Fille Cainglet-Cayetano and Arianna Angustia combined for 15 points for the Power Spikers, who also produced seven blocks.

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