Sunday, 17 April 2011

Lady Stags seek first win vs Ateneo

Posted by chardyboy on Sunday, April 17, 2011 0 comments


Games Sunday
2 p.m. – FEU vs Lyceum
4 p.m. – SSC vs Ateneo

MANILA, Philippines – Winless in two starts, San Sebastian tries to start winning again and stay in the hunt for a quarterfinal berth as it plays unbeaten Ateneo in the eighth Shakey’s V-League first conference at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan on Sunday.

The Lady Stags, seeking to win the crown this year after back-to-back runner-up finishes last season, got off to a wrong start, dropping a pair of 1-3 setbacks to the Southwestern U Cobras and Lyceum Pirates to find themselves on the brink of elimination.

Another loss in their 4 p.m. encounter with the Lady Eagles would put the Recoletos-based squad into a do-or-die match with Far Eastern U for the last seat in the quarters.

And Ateneo is not keen on slowing down after sweeping its first three matches in straight-set fashions with a victory over SSC completing its domination of Group A while giving the team the momentum and confidence in the next phase.

Lyceum, meanwhile, seeks to formalize its stint in the quarters as it squares off with FEU in the 2 p.m. opener.

The Lady Pirates dealt the Stags their second straight loss last Thursday, their 25-12, 17-25, 25-21, 25-15 victory putting them back into contention after their victory over the Cobras was forfeited for fielding in an ineligible player.

But with a 1-2 card, Lyceum is hopeful it can pull off another win and join Ateneo and SWU in the quarters phase of the league sponsored by Shakey’s Pizza and backed by Mikasa as official ball and Accel as official outfitter.

Games can be viewed live on, according to the organizing Sports Vision.
Responding well to new coach Charo Soriano, the Eagles have been impressive in their three wins with guest players Alyssa Valdez averaging 10 hits and Thai Kesinee Lithawat contributing eight points. Backing them up are mainstays Fille Cainglet, Angeline Gervacio, Jamenea Ferrer, Gretchen Ho and Denise Acevedo.

SSC, hampered by the sidelining of reigning NCAA MVP Joy Benito due to injury, will go flat out behind guest players Cherry Macatangay and Suzanne Gonzales, Elaine Cruz, Jenelyn Belen and Dafna Robinos.


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