February 20, 2017, 4:42 pm
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Lady Stags clinch first Final Four slot

GRETHCEL Soltones came through with an MVP performance and powered San Sebastian to a 25-22, 25-13, 25-13 victory over Perpetual Help yesterday and to the Final Four in the women’s division of the 92nd NCAA volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

Soltones, on course to claim her third straight MVP plum, fired a game-high 19 points laced with 18 spikes as the Lady Stags streaked to their seventh straight win while booking a Final Four slot.

San Sebastian also moved closer to sweeping its way to the finals. It needs to hurdle Lyceum on Jan. 23 and reigning titlist St. Benilde on Jan. 25 in a rematch of last year’s finals protagonists to achieve the feat.

If that happens, the Lady Stags will enjoy a thrice-to-beat edge in the finals while turning the Final Four into a stepladder semis.

“That’s our goal, to be No. 1,” said SSC coach Roger Gorayeb.

The Lady Altas absorbed their third loss against the same number of triumphs and were pushed on the brink of elimination.

Arellano U earlier stunned defending champion St. Benilde 25-21, 25-21, 25-21 to grab solo No. 2 with a 6-1 record.

Skipper Rialen Sante had 15 points while Jovielyn Prado and Ma. Erica Calixto chipped in 13 and 10 hits, respectively, as the Lady Chiefs posted their sixth straight win after dropping their opening game against San Sebastian in five sets.

The Lady Blazers dropped their second game against six wins.

In men’s action, St. Benilde edged Arellano U 23-25, 25-16, 29-27, 25-20 to seize the solo lead and clinch at least a playoff for a Final Four spot. The Chiefs slid to 5-2.
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