Sore throat no excuse as Soltones laments Lady Stags' inconsistency in loss to FEU
Grethcel Soltones played through a sore throat to finish with 12 points in a losing effort for the Lady Stags. Dante Peralta

SAN Sebastian skipper Grethcel Soltones rued the Lady Stags’ inconsistency in their loss to Far Eastern University.

Soltones admitted that she has been suffering from a sore throat for four days now but refused to use it as an excuse after the Lady Stags fell to the Lady Tams, 27-25, 25-20, 25-11, on Saturday that dropped their record to 2-2 in the Shakey's V-League Collegiate Conference quarterfinals.

Instead of pointing to her sore throat, Soltones said San Sebastian’s inability to close the first two sets despite holding an early lead was the reason for their defeat.

“Ayun yung weakness namin eh, lalamang kami tapos magiging tabla, tapos lamang tabla. Hindi namin masyadong naco-control (yung laro),” she admitted.

“Ang pinaka-nahirapan ako is blocking, depensa which is sobrang kulang kami kanina,” Soltones added.

She acknowledged that her illness played a factor in her performance as the team leader.

“Kanina walang nagli-lead sa team, hindi kami nagsasalita,” said Soltones, who finished the match with 12 points. “Kasi sa throat ko, hindi ako pwede masyadong magsalita, hindi ako masyadong pwede magsisigaw kasi may sakit ako 'til now.”

“Four days na akong nagkakaganito pero it's not an excuse naman," she added.

But despite falling to their first loss in the quarterfinals, Soltones and her team remained confident of their chances in the quarterfinals, admitting that they were simply outplayed by a tougher squad.

“Yung FEU, malakas talaga sila eh. They're one of the offensive teams talaga sa UAAP, so hindi naman kami masyadong down sa ngayong kasi nga magaling talaga sila. Nagkulang lang talaga kami,” Soltones said.

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