Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times

News

Sta. Elena fends off pressure, Cafe Lupe to force playoff against Army


In a game that had their playoff hopes at stake, the Sta. Elena Wrecking Balls needed to fight off nerves against the listless Café Lupe Sunrisers. But once the Wrecking Balls were able to do so, there was no stopping them, as they took a 17-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-22 win, Sunday afternoon at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

The win forced a tie between Sta. Elena and Philippine Army for the fourth spot. Both squads will figure in a one-game playoff, tentatively scheduled on Wednesday, August 2, at 1:00pm. Sta. Elena defeated Army in four sets during their elimination round encounter.

“Siyempre kailangan namin sila respetuhin as opponents, tinalo nila kami for third place last conference dahil sa quotient. So, sa amin kailangan lang namin maglaro ng maganda,” shared Sta. Elena head coach Arnold Laniog. “Sana maging relax kami sa laro na yun kahit alam namin yung bearing ng laro na yun. Trabaho lang.”

And what Laniog means is that they can’t start slow against Army like they did against Café Lupe.

Sta. Elena surprisingly lost the opening set to the struggling Café Lupe team as John Millete could not be contained. Moreover, the majority of Café Lupe’s six aces came during that frame.

“Actually after ng second set lang kami naka-recover. Bago kasi ng game, na-pressure talaga sila, medyo naging stiff yung galaw,” recalled Laniog. “Good thing, nakabawi sila especially nung nag 23-20 sa second set. Nag-settle na sila after the game went on.”

One of the spikers that sparked Sta. Elena was middle blocker Jethro Orian, who finished with eight markers.

#ReadMore  JP Nieles keeps Skills Challenge crown in Mapua

“Nung first set kasi, di kami maka-receive plus hindi pa makasagot sa block. Sabi ko, kailangan ko magpasok ng solid na blocker, si Orian,” remarked Laniog. “Bukod sa blocking niya, mabilis din siya pumalo especially sa quick. Naging effective naman.”

Besides Orian, usual suspects Berlin Paglinawan and Isaah Arda led Sta. Elena with 15 points each. Nico Ramirez also scattered 28 excellent sets. Besides the attacks of Sta. Elena, Café Lupe became rattled as the game progressed, committing a total of 33 errors.

Millete was the sole Sunriser who finished in double-figures with 22 points. Café Lupe ended their conference with a nightmarish 0-7 slate.

The Scores:

Sta. Elena (3) – Paglinawan 15, Arda 15, Camaganakan 9, Orian 8, Encina 6, Ramirez 4, Pablico 1, Basilan 1, Bacani 0, Deximo 0, Deximo (L), Almario (L).

Cafe Lupe (1) – Millete 22, Sioson 9, Lim 8, San Pascual 7, Ocampo 6, Baldelovar 4, Magdaong 3, Ebrahim 2, Castillo 1, Magadan (L).

Written By


You May Also Like

AdU

University of the Philippines completed a huge fightback to stop College of Saint Benilde in five sets, 21-25, 22-25, 25-22, 26-24, 15-11, in the...

ADMU

Ateneo de Manila University booted out rival De La Salle University in three tight sets, 25-23, 25-17, 27-25, in the quarterfinals of the 2022...

CSB

University of Sto. Tomas formally secured the second seed in Pool A after beating College of St. Benilde, 25-18, 25-16, 25-18, in the 2022...

DLSU

National University completed its sweep of Pool A after making quick work of De La Salle University, 25-20, 25-15, 25-18, in the 2022 V-League...

DLSU

University of Sto. Tomas dealt De La Salle University its second consecutive loss, 25-19, 22-25, 25-15, 25-23, in the 2022 V-League Men’s Collegiate Challenge...

Basketball

College of Saint Benilde breathed life into its 2022 V-League Collegiate Challenge campaign with a five-set conquest of erstwhile undefeated De La Salle University,...

AdU

De La Salle University quickly disposed of Adamson University, 25-18, 25-16, 25-16, to move to 2-0 in the 2022 V-League Men’s Collegiate Challenge Pool...

CSB

National University rode on its Spikers’ Turf championship run and opened its title bid in the 2022 V-League Collegiate Challenge with a 25-15, 25-17,...

Advertisement