Fille Cainglet stepped up to fire 30 points as Ateneo outsteadied Navy in the decider to pull off a 25-22, 23-25, 25-19, 14-25, 15-8 victory to gain the headstart in their battle for third in the Shakey’s V-League Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan yesterday.
Cainglet rammed in a 28 kills, the last a blast to the side of the Lady Sailors] defenders that ended the tough one-hour, 52-minute encounter and gave the Lady Eagles a 1-0 lead in their best-of-three playoff.
The talented Ateneo hitter also finished with 17 digs and accounted for eight of her team’s 34 receptions to likewise clinch the best player of the game honors.
Alyssa Valdez added 13 attacks for a 14-point output and Dzi Gervacio made a good account of herself with 12 points, including two blocks.
The Eagles, winners of the first conference crown of the league sponsored by Shakey’s Pizza, go for the clincher Thursday.
Aiza Maizo scored 24 hits while Cecile Cruzada and Suzanne Roces shot 18 and 15 points, respectively, for Navy.
Dragged to a fifth-setter by the Sailors, the Eagles broke away from a tight game (4-4), (8-7) by taking six of the next seven points for a 14-8 lead before Cainglet sealed the win with a kill.
Meanwhile, San Sebastian’s American import Lauren Ford copped the MVP honors during awards rites before the opener of the SSC-Army duel for the championship. Ford also won the best scorer plum.
Other individual winners in the season-ending conference of the league organized by Sports Vision and backed by Accel, Mikasa and Maynilad Water, were Army’s Mayette Carolino (best attacker), Navy’s Suzanne Roces (best blocker), SSC’s Rubie de Leon (best server), Ateneo’s Denise Lazaro (best digger), Ateneo’s Jamenea Ferrer (best setter) and Army’s Jennelyn Reyes (best receiver).