San Sebastian College repulsed Lyceum of the Philippines University, 20-25, 25-13, 25-11, 25-14, to claim its eighth straight victory in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 91 women’s volleyball tournament on Thursday at The Arena in San Juan City.
Reigning Most Valuable Player Grethcel Soltones fired 27 points on 24 attacks and three aces while Nikka Mariel Dalisay contributed 16 and Katherine Villegas added 11 as the Lady Stags moved from within a win of sweeping the elimination round.
“I will be a liar if I told you we’re not looking to sweep. We worked hard to make it this far and we wouldn’t want to pass up on this golden opportunity,” said San Sebastian head coach Roger Gorayeb.
If the Lady Stags complete a rare nine-game sweep, they will automatically advance to the finals with a thrice-to-beat advantage. The organizers will then follow the stepladder format in the semifinals.
San Sebastian will be battling College of Saint Benilde on Sunday.
Grenlen Malapit was the only player who scored in double figure (15) for the Lady Pirates, who fell to 4-5 to formally drop out of the Final Four race.
In the men’s division, Lyceum bucked a slow start to turn back San Sebastian, 24-26, 25-21, 25-18, 25-21, and end the elimination round with a 4-5 record.
San Sebastian absorbed its fifth loss in eight games.
EMIL C. NOGUERA