San Sebastian closes in on semis as UST bows out of V-League Collegiate Conference
Gretchcel Soltones and the SSC belles improve their record to 2-1. Freddie Dionisio

SAN Sebastian College boosted its bid for a semifinal spot and dashed University of Santo Tomas’ hopes, 25-20, 25-18, 16-25, 25-19, on Wednesday in the Shakey's V-League Season 13 Collegiate Conference at the PhilSports Arena.

Grethcel Soltones led all scorers despite playing with a fever, coming up with 23 points as the San Sebastian belles improved their carryover win-loss record to 2-1.

UST miss the V-League semifinals for the first time, bowing out with a 0-4 card.

The Tigresses were without EJ Laure and Cherry Rondina, who are with Super Liga team Foton in Thailand for a club tournament.

“Medyo bago sa amin ’tong quarterfinals na all-SSC lineup kasi sanay din kami na may guest eh noong mga nakaraang panahon,” said San Sebastian assistant coach Clint Malazo.

“Ngayon nagsisikap talaga ’tong mga bata na makapasok talaga sa quarterfinals.”

Malazo heaved a sigh of relief when San Sebastian recovered from a dismal third set, taking an 8-4 lead in the fourth and never looking back.

“Noong third set napapagod na ng kaunti kasi may event sila noong weekend tapos pagbalik nila pagod pa tapos konti lang ang inensayo naminkaya sa resistensiya nagkulang kami,” said Malazo.

“Buti na lang nabaliktad namin kasi delikadong kalaban ang UST, pag ’yan bumalik mahihirapan kami sa height pa lang lamang na lamang na sila,” he added.

Katherine Villegas and Joyce Sta. Rita had nine markers apiece for San Sebastian, which needed an hour and 46 minutes to finish the match.

UST high school star and guest player Eya Laure scored 16 points for the Tigresses, while Ria Meneses added 11.

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