Titleholder Army overcame a first set setback and a tough Far Eastern University crew as it hacked out an 18-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-17 victory Tuesday night to join Sandugo-San Sebastian at the helm in the Shakey’s V-League Open at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.
Rachel Ann Daquis blasted 11 kills and delivered three service aces for a 14-hit output while four others churned out double-digit scores to help deliver the second straight win for the defending champions, who struggled in the early going in the face of the Lady Tams’ strong start.
But as the Army ladies settled down, there was no stopping them although they had to scramble in the third set to pull through before outplaying the Lady Tams in the fourth to complete the win in 1:38.
Michelle Carolino, Iari Yongco, Joanne Bunag and skipper Cristina Salak combined for 44 points while the rest backed them up with superb court coverage and solid net defense in the last three sets.
FEU, led by Iris Patrona’s 18 hits, fell to 0-2 in a tie with Navy.
The Army-FEU clash will be aired on AKTV Friday starting at 7 p.m., according to the organizing Sports Vision.
Ateneo and Cagayan are tied for third with 1-1 slates.
Army and Sandugo-SSC gun for their third straight win against Cagayan and Navy at resumption of action Friday with the joint leaders priming up for a battle royale Sunday.
Meanwhile, Cagayan’s Sandra delos Santos emerged the leading scorer after two playdates in the ninth season of the league’s second conference, piling up 41 hits, including 19 spikes, 11 blocks and 11 service aces.
Sandugo’s Jeng Bualee is in close second with 38, highlighted by 34 kills, while Patrona dished off 28 attacks for third with 30 points.