Fille Cainglet and the Ateneo spikers registered a straight sets victory for the second game in a row, winning 25-23, 25-17, 25-21 over the Perpetual Help in the Shakey’s V-League Open Conference Tuesday at the Fil Oil-Flying V Arena in San Juan.
In the opener, Army won three straight sets after dropping the first against Navy, 23-25, 25-21, 25 22, 25-23.
Cainglet led Ateneo with 17 points while former high school star Alyssa Vakdez added 10 points. The win moved Ateneo one win shy of a seat in the quarterfinals.
“Maganda ang iginagalaw ng mga bata,” said Ateneo coach Parley Tupaz. “Satisfied naman ako sa ginagawa nila, although kailangan lamang ayusin na lamang ng mga bata yung receiving.”
Norie Diaz carried the fight for Perpetual with ten hits, while Sandra de los Santos contributed eight hits with two blocks.
Meanwhile, Michelle Carolino showed the way for Army with 26 points. Joanne Bunag added 20 points, all on attacks.
Army survived a late charge in the fourth set from Navy, which cut a 24-19 deficit to 24-23 behind the heroics of Suzanne Roces.
But Carolino registered the game-winning kill in the final play to seal the victory for Army.
The two military teams renewed their rivalry in the V-League, after numerous battles in the AFP Olympics.
“Kahit saang liga, palagi kaming close fight ng Navy,” said Cpl. Rico de Guzman, the Army coach. His team needed one hour and 51 minutes to dispose of Navy.
“Ang problema namin ay yung receive. Iyan ang inaayos namin.”
Roces led Navy with 20 points, including four blocks. Guest player Nene Bautista added 16 points for Navy, while Michelle Laborte chipped in 15 points.
De Guzman, a former UST volleyball player, underlined the importance of the V-League opening its door to teams not associated with schools.
“Bihira lang ang mga military teams na makalaro sa labas,” he said. “Maganda ito, especially para sa mga college graduates na gusto pang magpatuloy ng kanilang volleyball careers.”