SAN SEBASTIAN shoots for its sixth straight victory against Jose Rizal University today in the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Coach Roger Gorayeb hopes that the Lady Stags’ MVP Gretchel Soltones will be at her usual deadly form in their 12:30 p.m. clash with the Lady Bombers.
Defending champion College of Saint Benilde, stung by its stunning five-set loss to Lyceum of the Philippines University last week, plays winless Emilio Aguinaldo College as it tries to grab solo second at 11 a.m.
The only undefeated team in the league, San Sebastian will be so tough to beat if Soltones, who is playing her final year for the Recto-based squad, will get her act together.
The Lady Stags also boast of talented libero in Alyssa Eroa, as well as their offensive options in Katherine Villegas, Joyce Sta. Rita and Nikka Dalisay, with Vira Guillema setting up plays.
Sporting a 2-3 slate, JRU cannot avoid to make costly mistakes from now if it wants to make it to the Final Four.
Shola Alvarez and Rosalie Pepito are carrying the load for the Lady Bombers.
The Lady Blazers hope to rebound from a shock 22-25, 26-24, 18-25, 25-21, 10-15 setback to the Lady Pirates last week that ended a four-game winning run.
St. Benilde is currently tied with idle Arellano University in second place with a 4-1 card.
Meanwhile, St. Benilde relied on its singles victories to turn back an upset-conscious San Sebastian, 2-1, to close in on the men’s title at the start of the second round of the 92nd NCAA lawn tennis tournament at the Rizal Tennis Center yesterday.
Jet Asilo waylaid John Sanga, 6-2, 6-3, in the reverse singles match to seal the match for the Blazers, who swept the eliminations that concluded Thursday with nine wins to clinch the first round pennant.
Radha Reyes edged Francis Panaligan, 6-3, 7-6 (5), in the opening singles to give St. Benilde the early edge but Ramzie Manonsong and John Paul Gulfo outlasted Mav Victoria and Carl Catedral, 3-6, 6-2, 7-5, in the doubles the level the match at one apiece.
Asilo then came through to wrap it all up for the Blazers.
The win sent St. Benilde two wins away from clinching the second crown overall in the sport after copping its first and only championship 13 years ago.