Lady Stags, Engineers dispute quarterfinal berth

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Ateneo’s Michelle Morente unleashes a powerful hit against San Sebastian College’s Grethcel Soltones during their Shakey’s V-League Collegiate Conference encounter at the Philsports Arena. The Lady Stags take on Technological Institute of the Philippines while the Lady Eagles tackles Perpetual Help in their respective matches today. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Ateneo’s Michelle Morente unleashes a powerful hit against San Sebastian College’s Grethcel Soltones during their Shakey’s V-League Collegiate Conference encounter at the Philsports Arena. The Lady Stags take on Technological Institute of the Philippines while the Lady Eagles tackles Perpetual Help in their respective matches today. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

San Sebastian College and Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP) dispute the first quarterfinal berth today while Ateneo de Manila University and University of Perpetual Help System Dalta fight for survival in a pair of crucial matches in Group A of the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Collegiate Conference at the Philsports Arena in Pasig.

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The Lady Stags and the Lady Engineers posted a win-loss-win record each to tie for second behind unbeaten National University with the winner in the 4 p.m. encounter clinching the first quarters seat in their side of the competition in the mid-season conference of the league sponsored by Shakey’s.

University of the Philippines (3-0), Far Eastern University (2-0) and University of Santo Tomas (2-1) have made it to the quarters by taking the top three spots in Group B although all will aim for more wins to boost their respective records in the carryover next round.

With a 2-0 mark, the Lady Bulldogs are actually fancied to advance although the defending champions still need to hurdle either the Lady Altas or the Lady Eagles to formalize their stint in the next round.

That makes the San Sebastian-TIP clash worth watching with the Lady Stags tipped to lean anew on the power-hitting Grethcel Soltones, setter Denice Lim, middle blockers Katherine Villegas and Joyce Sta. Rita.

Despite her role as playmaker, Lim has been supplying added firepower for the Lady Stags, norming 12 points after three games.

“She’s been playing consistently well and we will need her to take some of the pressure of Grethcel,” said San Sebastian assistant coach Clint Malazo, referring to Lim.

But the Lady Engineers had been dishing out big games behind guest player Mylene Paat, Gayle Layug, Eunice Mabayao, Eden Maturan and guest setter Relea Saet, who are all raring to steer the unfancied squad to the next round against the league’s top draws.

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