Sandugo-SSC defuses Ateneo, moves to final
MANILA, Philippines - Sandugo-San Sebastian flexed just enough muscle to finish off an undermanned Ateneo, 25-9, 25-14, 25-19, and cruise to the finals of the Shakey’s V-League Open at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium yesterday.
The Lady Stags imposed their power game on the shorthanded Lady Eagles and punched in 50 kills off 105 total attacks, led by Thai reinforcement Jeng Bualee who banged in 22 spikes, as the top seeds followed up their 25-13, 25-20, 25-9 conquest in Game 1 with another straight-set romp to complete the semis sweep.
“There was hardly any pressure, psychologically and physically, since Ateneo was short on personnel. We just took full advantage of it,” said Lady Stags coach Roger Gorayeb in Filipino
The Lady Eagles showed up with only seven players for Game 2 due to academic commitments. With school exams ongoing, Ateneo’s players are forced to “schedule” their stints in the league sponsored by Shakey’s Pizza and backed by Mikasa and Accel.
Dzu Gervacio (eight points) and Gretchen Ho (six) led the Atenean crew yesterday while Fille Cainglet and Alyssa Valdez along with five others, attended to their school duties.