Army, Cagayan topple rivals in Shakey's Open
MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Army kicked off its title-retention drive in the Shakey’s V-League Open in dominating fashion, sweeping AFP counterpart Navy with its power game for a 25-14, 25-14, 25-13 victory before a big Sunday crowd at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium yesterday.
Michelle Carolino knocked down eight kills and made two blocks and four service aces and topscored with 14 hits while Rachel Ann Daquis churned out a solid 13-point performance to key the Army ladies’ sustained charge in the 64-minute victory marking the start of the ninth season’s second conference.
Cagayan Valley matched Army’s straight-set cruise later in the day as it rolled to a 25-20, 25-12, 25-21 victory over Far Eastern U in an inspiring debut in the league sponsored by Shakey’s Pizza and backed by Mikasa and Accel.
The Rising Suns, whose campaign is backed by Gov. Alvaro Antonio, proved steadier in a see-sawing first-set duel then dished out a steady game in the next before scrambling at endgame to complete the sweep.
Sandra delos Santos scored 23 hits, including 14 kills, the last she unleashed at center that the Lady Tams failed to handle, wrapping up the contest in 1:13.