Rising Suns whip Navy, seize solo lead

Air Force’s Maika Ortiz (right) foils FEU’s Marie Simborio’s attack as Jude Ann Caballejo tries to provide help during their Shakey’s V-League Open Conference clash.
Air Force’s Maika Ortiz (right) foils FEU’s Marie Simborio’s attack as Jude Ann Caballejo tries to provide help during their Shakey’s V-League Open Conference clash.


Cagayan made short work of a listless Phl Navy side, 25-12, 25-12, 25-16, to wrest the solo lead even as Air Force bounced back with a similar straight-set win over Far Eastern U in the Shakey’s V-League Season 10 Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan yesterday.

Aiza Maizo and Angeli Tabaquero took turns in attack and combined for 25 hits, including 22 on kills while Wenneth Eulalio and Thai reinforcement Kannika Tipachot scattered 14 points apiece to power the Rising Suns to their third straight victory.
The Rising Suns had a virtual workout against the debuting Lady Sailors, pumping in 47 kills from 39 excellent sets spearheaded by Relea Saet. Navy only produced a measly 18-attack effort and drew just 18 excellent sets
Earlier, Air Force leaned on its superb reception and its power game to down FEU, 25-20, 25-21, 25-19, and snap a two-game skid in the season-ending conference sponsored by Shakey’s.
Judy Ann Caballejo, a UST standout, banged away 12 hits she laced with three service aces and two blocks, carrying the Air Women past the Lady Tams in a duel of winless teams.
“She showed in the game that she’s a force to reckon with,” said Air Force coach Clarence Esteban in Filipino of Caballejo.
Maika Ortiz blocked Marie Toni Basas’ attack to wrap up the 78-minute encounter with the former finishing nine points, one behind the crisp-hitting Joy Cases, who unloaded all her points on kills.
Esteban liked how they received the ball.
“We received well, that started it all for us,” he said.
FEU, mentored by Shaq delos Santos, threatened last at 15-17 after stringing four straight points on Air Force’s miscues but Cases took over by scoring four of her team’s last eight points.
The Air Women also drew strength from Wendy Semana’s superb set plays to overpower the Lady Tams, 42-30, with Cases and Ortiz combining for 18 kills. Semana, who produced 22 excellent sets, also finished with eight points.
The victory was Air Force’s first after dropping its first two games to Cagayan Province and Army last week, putting it back in the hunt for one of the six quarterfinal berths in the tournament backed by Mikasa and Accel.
Meanwhile, the Air Force-FEU match will be shown on GMA News TV Channel 11 at 1 p.m. today while the Navy-Cagayan duel, being played at presstime, will be telecast on Monday, according to the organizing Sports Vision.
Skipper Liza de Ramos added seven hits while Jennifer Manzano and Rhea Dimaculangan chipped in four and two, respectively, for the Air Women, who also toughened up on defense after a strong start in each of the three sets.
FEU, which dragged Meralco into a five-setter before losing steam in the decider, fell to 0-3, its bid to advance diminishing each game. The Lady Tams will take a week-long break to further hone up but will face a fancied Cagayan Province side when they return to action next Friday.(pr)

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