PLDT sinks C Guard, gains solo V-L lead
Teams W L
PLDT 3 0
Cagayan 2 0
Meralco 2 0
Army 2 1
Navy 1 2
Fourbees 1 2
Baguio 0 2
Coast Guard 0 3
2 p.m. – Coast Guard vs Baguio
4 p.m. – Fourbees vs Navy
Powerhouse PLDT Home Ultera posted its third straight-set victory in row with a 25-8, 25-22, 25-15 demolition of Coast Guard yesterday, seizing the solo lead even as Army bounced back with an equally emphatic 25-19, 25-12, 25-15 romp over Navy in the Shakey’s V-League Season 12 Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan City yesterday.
Alyssa Valdez and skipper Suzanne Roces combined for 22 hits as the Ultra Fast Hitters clobbered the Lady Dolphins off the spike, 44-24, en route to notching a quick 58-move victory that came on the heels of their 25-16, 25-23, 28-26 win over the defending champion Lady Troopers last Sunday.
The Lady Dolphins actually kept it close in the second frame when PLDT coach Roger Gorayeb gave Valdez and setter Rubie de Leon a breather. But Elaine Kasilag, Asuncion Mendiola, Laurence Ann Latigay, Jem Ferrer and Charo Soriano stepped up and provided the needed backup to Roces to keep their unbeaten run in the season-opening conference of the league sponsored by Shakey’s and presented by PLDT Home Ultera.
Hyrize Macabuhay and Kath Magsumbol each fired nine hits for Coast Guard, which fell to 0-3 in the tournament backed by Mikasa and Accel.
Earlier, veteran Mary Jean Balse led the Army charge with 13 hits, including eight on attacks and three service aces while playing all throughout 69-minute romp. Joanne Bunag and setter Tina Salak each fired seven hits and Nerissa Bautista added six points in limited minutes.
Meanwhile, the Army-Navy match will be shown on GMA News TV Channel 11 at 1 p.m. today while the PLDT-Coast Guard duel will be aired tomorrow, according to the organizing Sports Vision.
“She’s one of the more experienced players in this team that’s why I kept her in the game,” said Army coach Rico de Guzman, referring to Balse, a former MVP of the league sponsored by Shakey’s and presented by PLDT Home Ultera.
It was Army’s second win against a loss.
Michelle Carolino and Honey Rose Tubino added five points apiece and Rachel Ann Daquis, Genie Sabas and top hitter Dindin Santiago-Manabat chipping in three hits each for the Lady Troopers, who beat the Cagayan Valley Lady Rising Suns to win this conference last year.
Army unloaded 38 kills, eight blocks and nine aces against Navy’s 30, 1 and 2, respectively.
Navy dropped to 1-2.
Former Perpetual Help standout Norie Diaz shot nine markers for Navy which also got seven markers from skipper Lilet Mabbayad but failed to draw solid back from the rest with Yvette Martiez and Hezzymie Acuna struggling for four points apiece.
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