Instituto Estetico Manila snapped out of a three game rut as it swept Sta. Elena, 2519, 2523, 2624, yesterday to revive its semifinal hopes alive in the Spikers’ Turf Season 1Reinforced Conference at The Arena in San Juan City.
Ian Conde fired 15 hits while Karl dela Calzada and Jeffrey Jimenez added 10 and nine points, respectively, as the Volley Masters outlasted the Wrecking Balls in the last two fiercely fought sets to hack out the 80minute victory.
It was IEM’s first win after dropping its first three games but it kept the Volley Masters in the race for the last semis berth provided it hurdles its final elims match against Navy on Wednesday and hope either PLDT or Navy won’t go over two wins to force a playoff.
The loss, however, booted out Sta. Elena from the semis picture as it closed out its stint in the seasonending tournament of the league presented by PLDT Home Ultera with a 14 slate.
Sta. Elena actually turned in 34 excellent sets as against IEM’s 22 but the Wrecking Balls just couldn’t get the breaks in downtothewire finishes.
Joven Camaganakan rammed in 12 hits, Arjay Onia banged in 10 points while Myco Antonio, Rocky Honrade, Alnasip Laja and Anthony Arbasto combined for 20 markers for Sta. Elena.
So tight was the match that IEM barely prevailed in attack points, 4135, and in blocks, 75, with both teams finishing with identical four aces.
Meanwhile, powerhouse Air Force goes for a sweep as it plays PLDT Home Ultera in the lone match at 5 p.m. today (Sunday).
But the Ultra Fast Hitters are going flat out for a win as they shoot for a semis berth at the close their elims campaign in the tournament backed by Mikasa and organized by Sports Vision.
Games are aired on weekdays on PTV4 starting at 4 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:15 p.m.
5 p.m. – PLDT vs Air Force
Air Force 4 0
*Cignal 3 1
PLDT 2 2
*Navy 1 2
IEM 1 3
Sta. Elena 1 4
*Playing at presstime