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PLDT makes short work of Coast Guard

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The PLDT Home Ultera Ultra Fast Spikers breezed past the Coast Guard Lady Dolphins in 4G LTE speed 25-8, 25-22, 25-15 in the Shakey’s V-League Open Conference at the San Juan Arena.

Ateneo Lady Eagle, Alyssa Valdez turned in her usual masterful performance in just two and a half sets work. The reigning two-time UAAP MVP had 12 points on an imposing 11 of 19 attacking clip. Former UE Lady Warrior, Sue Roces was just as impressive, ending the match with 10 points on just 15 attack attempts. PLDT unleashed 44 attack points to Coast Guard’s 24.

Despite Coast Guard putting up some semblance of resistance in the second set, PLDT coach, Roger Gorayeb was thankful the match ended in straight sets. “Malaking pasalamat na lang na natapos agad ‘yung laban. Given na marami pa ako at ‘yung mga players ko na inaasikaso, ‘di ko na gugustuhin na tumagal pa talaga ‘yung laban kasi pag tumagal pa nang isa pang set, baka may magkainjury pa. So pasalamat na lang sa kalaban na ibinigay kaagad sa amin ‘yung laro.”

Tied with Baguio at the bottom of the standings as the only win less teams remaining in the match, Coast Guard managed to lead by Kath Magsumbol’s and Hyrize Macabuhay nine-point efforts. Lady Dolphin team captain, Rossan Fajardo did not play as she was told to rest.

Coast Guard aims to end its winless misery when it faces Baguio on Thursday. PLDT will next see action on Sunday when it squares off against fellow undefeated team, Cagayan Valley Lady Rising Suns.

The Scores:

PLDT (3) – Valdez 12, Roces 10, Kasilag 7, Santiago 6, Devanadera 5, Santiago 4, De Leon 3, Soriano 3, Latigay 3, Mendiola 1, Ferrer 0, Lazaro (L), Pantone (L)

Coast Guard (0) – Macabuhay 9, Magsumbol 9, Rosale 3, Montero 3, Valencia 2, Espelita 1, Chu 0, Clarete 0, Yumul 0, Bengua (L). Acepion (L)

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Miguel Luis Flores fell face first into sports writing in high sch9l and has never gotten up. He reluctantly stumbled into the volleyball beat when he started with Tiebreaker Times three years ago. Now, he has waded through everything volleyball - from its icky politics to the post-modern art that is Jia Morado's setting.

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