SAN Sebastian rallied past University of Perpetual Help System Dalta, 24-26, 26-28, 25-20, 25-20, 17-15, to gain a piece of second place yesterday in the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament at the Paco Arena.
Kat Santos’s scored a go-ahead kill off two blockers for the Lady Stags to reach match point before Hannah Suico wrapped up the two-hour, 21-minute contest with an attack error.
With its fourth win in five matches, San Sebastian moved in a tie with titleholder Arellano University as it kept within distance of unbeaten College of Saint Benilde at 4-0.
Reyann Cañete, the Lady Stags’ other half of the 1-2 punch with Santos, had a career-high 25 points, including five service aces, to go with 14 receptions.
Santos added 18 points, while Kristine Dionisio, Kamille Tan and Bianca Ordona chipped in 10 points apiece for the Lady Stags.
In the duel of winless squads, Trisha Paras had 15 kills while Max Tayag added 14 points, including two blocks, as San Beda downed Emilio Aguinaldo College, 17-25, 27-25, 25-23, 25-23, to end a four-match losing skid.
Ordona, who collected nine digs and fired three service aces, proved to be the game changer for San Sebastian, having fielded in the third set after the Recto-based spikers fell to a 0-2 set deficit.
Coach Roger Gorayeb hopes that the Lady Stags needs to work on their maturity on the court if they want to advance to the Final Four.
“Diyan kasi lumalabas yung immaturity sa laro kasi katulad nito ni Kat (Santos), first year. Takot na takot kasi hindi siya sanay sa ganyang labanan,” said Gorayeb,
Mary Rhose Dapol had 18 points, Razel Aldea, bucking ankle sprain in the third set, had six blocks for a 14-point outing while Charmaine Ocado contributed 11 points and 11 digs for the Lady Altas.
Perpetual fell in joint sixth with idle Jose Rizal University at 2-3.
The Lady Generals, who finally won a set, remained at the bottom of the standings at 0-5.
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2:30 p.m. – Letran vs Arellano