Gretchel Soltones consoles self after bagging MVP plum in Shakey's V-League
Gretchen Soltones emerged as MVP of the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Open Conference despite Bali Pure failing to make the championship round. Dante Peralta

SHE might have failed to help carry BaliPure to a dream championship but Gretchel Soltones achieved a personal milestone, bagging the coveted MVP honors in the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Open Conference.

“I feel happy winning this award but this is not what I expected because all I wanted was to help the team make it to the semis and then finals," said Soltones, also the reigning NCAA MVP from San Sebastian College.

Norming 15 hits a game from the elims to the semis, the power-hitting, jump-serving ace bested more fancied players for the coveted plum, including BaliPure teammate Alyssa Valdez, Pocari Sweat's Myla Pablo, Michele Gumabao, and National U's Jaja Santiago and Air Force’s Judy Ann Caballejo and Joy Cases.

"But we’re not fortunate enough to make it to the finals although we're still thankful to be in contention for third and being blessed to get the MVP award," said Soltones.

She will head the roster of players to be cited in the season-opening conference of the league sponsored by Shakey’s on Saturday as the Water Defenders try to finish off the Laoag Power Smashers in their battle for third.

Air Force also guns for its first V-League championship as it clashes Pocari Sweat in Game Two of the Finals at the Philsports Arena.

The Lady Jet Spikers and Water Defenders pulled off a pair of five-setters to move a win from sweeping their respective series.

Soltones, a fourth year Business Management student, also said she dreams of helping SSC win an NCAA championship after two failed attempts in the last two seasons. They lost to 2015 champion Arellano U and 2016 winner St. Benilde.

"That's my next goal, to get the NCAA crown on my last season with San Sebastian," said the San Jose Catmon, Cebu native.

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