Cagayan Province struck back in a brilliant second set squeaker and went on to stop erstwhile unbeaten Smart-Maynilad, 25-23, 26-24, 25-20, and fuel its own win drive in the Shakey’s V-League Season 10 Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan City on Tuesday.
The Rising Suns rose from a 19-22 deficit and outlasted the Net Spikers in an extended second set duel then wore down their undermanned rivals in the third to complete a surprise straight-set victory in one-hour and 18 minutes.
Thai guest player Kannika Thipachot and former league MVP Aiza Maizo combined for 26 attacks to spearhead Cagayan’s 49-kill production, 15 more than the Net Spikers, who launched their bid in the season-ending conference of the league sponsored by Shakey’s with a pair of routs and a four-setter before succumbing to the power-hitting Cagayan Province squad.
The win was Cagayan Province’s second straight in the conference backed by MIkasa and Accel after a four-set victory over Air Force on Friday.
Meanwhile, the Smart-Meralco clash last Sunday will be shown on GMA News TV Channel 11 at 1 p.m. today while the Cagayan-Smart duel, will be aired tomorrow (Thursday), according to the organizing Sports Vision.