EM spikers hold off Sta. Elena, boost semis bid


Instituto Estetico Manila rebounded from an early struggle and pulled through in a pair of cliffhangers to hack out an 18-25, 25-23, 25-17, 29-27 victory over Sta. Elena Construction on Wednesday and stay in the semifinals hunt in the Spikers’ Turf at The Arena in San Juan.

The Volley Masters wore down the Wrecking Balls in their extended fourth-set duel to escape with the come-from-behind win, their second after romping off with a straight-set victory over the Navy Sailors last week.

Five players churned out double-digit outputs for IEM but the Volley Masters still needed to toughen up to thwart the hard-fighting Wrecking Balls in the one-hour, 45-minute clash in the country’s premier men’s indoor volley league organized by Sports Vision and backed by Mikasa and Accel.

Greg Dolor fired 19 hits, including 15 attack points, while Jeffrey Jimenez backed him with 12 kills for a 14-point effort and skipper Edan Canlas, added 13 hits and Ian Conde and Jason Canlas chipped in 10 markers apiece for the Volley Masters.

The Wrecking Balls failed to sustain an impressive start, losing steam in the middle sets and barely yielding the fourth to drop to 0-2 alongside Navy.

Joven Camaganakan blasted in 17 hits while Ace Mandani and Peter Torres shot 12 points each for Sta. Elena, which held its ground against IEM’s vaunted hitters, 54-59, and blockers, 7-8, to keep the match close.

The win likewise kept IEM within fellow unbeaten Cignal HD, which swept its first three games, needing just a win to secure a berth in the crossover Final Four.

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