Suzanne Roces outhit Jaja Santiago as PLDT Home Telpad rebounded from a stinging straight set-defeat to Army with a 25-16, 25-23, 24-26, 25-19 victory over National U to firm up its bid heading to the quarterfinal round of the Shakey’s V-League Season II Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan on Tuesday.
The Turbo Boosters sputtered at endgame in the third and failed to complete a sweep but put their act together in the next to finish off the Lady Bulldogs in one-hour and 35 minutes for their fifth win against a setback, keeping their spot at No. 2 second behind the unbeaten Lady Troopers.
Pressed to come up with a win after a disappointing loss to the powerhouse Army side, the Turbo Boosters had litter trouble taking the opener but scrambled to make it 2-0 before losing steam in the third, enabling the Lady Bulldogs to extend the match.
But Roces reasserted her might and Gretchel Soltones and Laurence Ann Latigay provided added firepower with Rubie de Leon setting up the troika for the kills and power tips that left the Bustillos-based squad reeling to their third defeat against two wins in the mid-season conference of the league sponsored by Shakey’s.
Roces rammed in 17 kills against Santiago’s 14 while Soltones and Latigay pooled 25 hits for PLDT, which also drew a combined 24-point output from De deon, Ryzabelle Devanadera and Charo Soriano.
Myla Pablo and Jorelle Singh also combined for 25 points while Ivy Perez added seven markers, Jane Mandapat added six points and Desiree Dadang chipped in five hits for NU, which now needs to win one of its last two games to secure a berth in the quarters of the tournament backed by Mikasa and Accel.
The loss also kept UP and PNP’s flickering hopes alive although the Lady Maroons and the Patrollers, with 0-5 slates, need to sweep their last two matches and hope NU and Ateneo drop their remaining games to force a playoff.
Meanwhile, the PLDT Home Telpad-NU match will be shown on GMA News TV Channel starting at 1 p.m. today while the Army-PNP showdown, being played at presstime, will be aired tomorrow, according to the organizing Sports Vision.