Lady Altas wins by forfeiture; Cobras stun Stags

Standings
Group A
Ateneo 2 0
SWU 2 1
Lyceum 1 1
FEU 0 2
SSC 0 1

Group B
Perpetual Help 2 0
USLS 2 1
Adamson 1 1
National U 1 2
St. Benilde 0 2

Games on Thursday
2 p.m. – St. Benilde vs Perpetual Help
4 p.m. – SWU vs Ateneo
6 p.m. – Lyceum vs SSC

Perpetual Help won a lost game to grab the solo lead in Group B in the Shakey’s V-League at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan City, Tuesday, as Adamson forfeited its 25-20, 25-15, 25-19 victory due to eligibility violation.
Adamson coach Dulce Pante fielded in Faye Guevarra, one of the team’s guest players, in the second set in place of Angelica Quinlog but tournament commissioner Tony Boy Liao said Guevarra was not in the Adamson roster in the last UAAP season and was therefore ineligible to play.
Under the special provision on the rules on student-guest players, a team may use three guest players provided they are students of the said school. Otherwise, a team may only field in two reinforcements which is the league’s general rule.
“A team can only avail itself of one of the above rules for their guest players – either the general rule or the special provision for student guest players. A combination of both is not allowed,” said Liao.
Pante said she was not clearly informed about the special provision but took the loss just the same.
The Lady Altas thus recorded their second straight win for the solo lead while dropping the Lady Falcons, winners of last year’s second conference, to 1-1.
Later in the day, Southwestern University spoiled fancied San Sebastian College’s debut with a tough but inspiring 24-26, 25-23, 25-23, 25-20 victory, boosting its quarterfinal bid in the league sponsored by Shakey’s Pizza and backed by Accel as official outfitter and Mikasa as official ball.
The Lady Cobras played with grit and spunk to surprise the Stags, bouncing back from a tight first-set setback with a sweep of the next three frames, the first two hacked out in down-to-the-wire fashions and the last in impressive style.
It was SWU’s second win in three games, moving to solo second in Group A behind Ateneo’s 2-0 slate while firming up its bid for a stint in the next phase of the league organized by Sports Vision.
The Lady Cobras, who also stunned the FEU Lady Tams in five sets last Thursday, pounced on the Stags lapses on floor defense to score on drop shots and cashed in on the sidelining of SSC ace and two-time NCAA MVP Joy Benito to hack out the victory in one hour and 36 minutes.
Erika Verano rammed in 18 hits, including four service aces, while Danika Gendrauli added 17 points and Rapril Aguilar and Danalie Baquiro chipped in 11 points apiece for the CESAFI champions.
Benito, who sustained an ankle injury in the fourth set, still topscored for SSC with 21 kills while Elaine Cruz had 12 and Suzanne Roces and Cherry Rose Macatangay added 11 hits each.

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