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V-League: Transformers cruise past Tigresses

  • Written by Theodore P. Jurado
  • Published in Volleyball
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Games tomorrow:

(Philsports Arena)

12:30 p.m. -- Champion vs 100 Plus (Spikers’ Turf)

4 p.m. -- PAF vs BaliPure (V-League)

6 p.m. -- Laoag vs UP (V-League)

BUREAU of Customs rediscovered its winning form with a 25-17, 26-24, 25-15 drubbing of University of Santo Tomas yesterday in the Shakey’s V-League Reinforced Conference at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Alyssa Valdez came through with 19 points and 11 digs, while Thai import Kanjana Kuthaisong added 16 points as the Transformers pinned the Tigresses their first loss of the conference.

Customs bounced back from a straight-sets loss to BaliPure last Wednesday as it moved to solo second with a 3-1 record.
   
Despite the setback which delayed its Final Four entry, UST remained in first place with a 4-1 slate, as the team will have a long break to compete in the University Games next week in Dumaguete.
   
Cherry Rondina had an early return for the Tigresses as the UAAP beach volleyball champion shared the scoring mantle with EJ Laure with eight points, while Pam Lastimosa chipped in six points.
   
Lilet Mabbayad, meanwhile, provided the spunk and experience in the second set, coming through with blocks, power tips and scoring on combination plays to help lift the Transformers, who blew a 20-18 lead but fought back from 22-24 down by winning the last four points.
   
Earlier, Sako Capate, Jr. saved his best for last as he powered defending champion Cignal to a nail-biting, five-set win over hard-fighting Champion Supra, 25-18, 37-35, 23-25, 17-25, 15-12, in the Spikers’ Turf Third Conference.
   
Already explosive in the early going as he kept the HD Spikers in the thick of the fight, the former San Beda College star took charge in the decider, pounding in the last six of his 27 points to repulse the Champion Supra Smashers and hand Cignal its second victory in three games. His final point, a power attack, sealed the game for his team after Champion Supra pulled to within, 12-14.
   
Capate also drew solid support from Peter Torres, Herschel Ramos, Ysay Marasigan and Edgar Bonono as they combined for 79 points.
   
Joven Camaganakan topscored for Champion Supra with 28 points, 26 of them on spikes. Arjay Onia, one of seven players on loan from La Salle, collected 22 hits.