Summer Spikers edge Dolphins for first V-L win

Standings

Teams                         W        L

PLDT                            3          0

Cagayan Valley         2          0

Meralco                       2          0

Army                            2          1

Navy                             2          2

Perpetual                   1          3

Baguio                         1          3

Coast Guard              0          4

 

Games Sunday

12:45 p.m. – Cagayan vs PLDT (live)

2:45 p.m. – Army vs Meralco

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Baguio went to the troika of Cindy Benitez, Florence Mae Madulid and Krissian Tsuchiya as it turned back Coast Guard, 25-27, 25-18, 21-25, 25-23, 15-12, Thursday in a duel of winless teams in the Shakey’s V-League Season 12 Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan City.

Benitez, the team captain, Madulid and Tsuchiya took turns in the decider to help the Summer Spikers book their first ever win after dropping their first three matched in the season-opening conference of the league sponsored by Shakey’s Pizza and presented by PLDT Home Ultera.

Coast Guard top hitter Rossan Fajardo goes for a power tip against Baguio’s Florence Mae Madulid and Clarissa Tolentino during their Shakey’s V-League Open Conference clash at The Arena.
Coast Guard top hitter Rossan Fajardo goes for a power tip against Baguio’s Florence Mae Madulid and Clarissa Tolentino during their Shakey’s V-League Open Conference clash at The Arena.

“It’s a great feeling finally winning our first game here in the Shakey’s V-League,” said Henry Fuentes. “We hope this could start something big for our team as well us give us confidence in our future games.”

Tsuchiya and Madulid did most of the damage on attacks as they combined for 30 kills while Benitez stood at the forefront of the team’s net defense as she came up with three blocks.

The Lady Dolphins looked headed for a big win after going 2-1 up behind Rossan Fajardo and Kath Magsumbol, who finished with 29 and 19 hits, respectively.

But Benitez, Madulid and Tsuchiya stepped up their respective games in the fourth to force a decider where they outlasted the Lady Dolphins, who slid to 0-4 and in danger of missing the semis of the tournament backed by Mikasa and Accel.

Later in the day, Navy edged Perpetual Help-Fourbees in another five-setter, 23-25, 25-12, 25-15, 20-25, 15-11, to move to fifth place with a 2-2 record.

Lilet Mabbayad hit 22 points for the Lady Sailors, including 12 on spikes and a season-best eight blocks.

Ana James Diocareza and Cindy Imbo each fired 12 hits for the Lady Altas, who fell to their third defeat against a win.

Meanwhile, the Baguio-Coast Guard clash will be shown on GMA News TV Channel 11 starting at 1 p.m. while the Navy-Fourbees duel will be aired on Monday, according to the organizing Sports Vision.

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