SBC eyes 25th NCAA women’s volley crown


San Sebastian College will be gunning for its 25th title when it collides with College of Saint Benilde in rubber match of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 91 women’s volleyball finals at The Arena in San Juan City.

The Lady Stags-Lady Blazers game is at 3:30 p.m.

San Sebastian forced a do-or-die after scoring an emphatic 25-22, 25-19, 26-28, 25-23 win over Benilde in Game 3 of the series with back-to-back Most Valuable Player Grethcel Soltones firing 31 huge points.

“It’s not a sure thing but I think it will be to our advantage because we’re coming off a win and they have one day to make adjustments. I just want to win it for the girls and for the school because I don’t count it anymore,” said San Sebastian head coach Roger Gorayeb.

Soltones, a member of the women’s national team that saw action in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games and Asian Under-23 Women’s Volleyball Championship, will be San Sebastian’s main source of strength while middle blockers Katherine Villegas and Joyce Sta. Rita as well as setter Vira Guillema must also contribute to stop the Lady Blazers.

“Grethcel will always be Grethcel. What we need is team effort. We did it that last game and if we can do it again, we’ll have a chance,” added Gorayeb.

For their part, the Lady Blazers must display the same intensity they had when they beat the Lady Stags in Game 1 (24-26, 25-21, 25-19, 25-13) and Game 2 (25-23, 21-25, 25-22, 25-16).

Reigning Best Blocker Jeanette Panaga, open spiker Janine Navarrro, middle hitter Ranya Musa and setter Djanel Welch Cheng will play major roles on Benilde’s offense alongside Melanie Torres who is expected to lead the floor defense and court coverage.

Navarro led the Blazers with 16 points while Panaga and Musa added 13 in their last game.


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