Lilet Mabbayad fired from all angles in leading Philippine Navy Lady Sailors on its victory in the Shakeys V League Reinforced Conference against the Philippine Coast Guard Lady Dolphins in straight sets, 25-20,25-23,25-21 at the FilOil Flying V Arena, Saturday afternoon.
Capitalizing on the errors of the Lady Dolphins in the first set, Navy was able to take a 16-11 lead against the Coast Guard, as Mabbayad, Hezzymei Acuna and Pau Soriano did the offensive damage for the Lady Sailors. The Lady Dolphins launched 6-2 run behind Rossan Fajardo, Hyrize Macabuhay and Shallene Eniong to take a 18-16 disadvantaged but Mabbayad bailed out the Lady Sailors in the latter part of the set to take it away from the Lady Dolphins.
In the second set, the Lady Dolphins created so many errors that helped the Lady Sailors hold a comfortable lead. Mabbayad continued to lead Navy’s offense to gave them a 24-19 advantage but the Lady Sailors committed errors that help Coast Guard close the gap at 24-23, luckily for Navy, setter Janet Serafica found a hole in the Coast Guard floor defense to save the set for the Lady Sailors.
Meanwhile, in the third set, Pau Soriano scored two straight points to give the Lady Sailors a 15-13 lead in the error plagued third set. The Lady Dolphins struggle to gain their footing in the latter part of the set as their errors helped Navy in establishing a 20-15 with Therese Veronas, Acuna and Mabbayad providing crucial points in bringing the Navy in the win column.
After the game Philippine Navy Head Coach Zenaida Chavez mentioned how proud he was that the team won, but she said the team needed to improved its floor defense as they face tougher opponents in their next assignments.
“Sobrang proud akong nanalo ang team pero kailangan namin i-improve ang floor defense, lalo mga malalakas ang kalaban namin sa susunod kaya kailangan pagtibayin,” Chavez said.
Mabbayad scored 18 points, 15 coming from attacks while Soriano chipped 11markers and Serafica tossed 34 excellent sets for the Lady Sailors.
The Lady Sailors(1-1) will next face the KIA Forte on October 25 at 12:45 PM while the Lady Dolphins(0-2) next assignment is against the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons on October 24 at 12:45 PM in the same venue.
Navy(3)– Mabbayad 18, Soriano 11, Acuna 7, Serafica 3, Madulid 3, Veronas 3, Genido 2, Diaz 0, Fortuno (L)
Coast Guard(0)– Fajardo 9, Macabuhay 7, Dawson 6, Rosale 3, Valencia 2, Clarete 3, Emiong 1,Manansala 0, Ponon 0, Acepcion (L)
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