Cagayan overpowers Meralco; Army sinks Navy

Army’s Nene Bautista goes up to foil Navy’s Camille Cerveza’s spike during their Shakey’s V-League Open Conference showdown yesterday.(PR photo)
Thai Kannika Thipachot outhit Chinese Coco Wang in a duel of power-hitting imports as Cagayan Province shut out Meralco, 26-24, 25-22, 25-14, to assure itself of at least a playoff for a quarterfinal berth in the Shakey’s V-League Season 10 Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan yesterday.
Thipachot, with fellow Thai Phomia Soraya setting her up and the Rising Suns for the attack, blasted 18 kills and finished with 24 hits while Angeli Tabaquero dished out another sterling game of 14 points as they powered Cagayan past Meralco for its fourth straight win.
Wang ended up with 18 hits, including 13 attacks, but couldn’t match Thipachot’s firepower and even off the block, 3-4. Both players wound up with two service aces each.
But the Rising Suns had to gut it out in the first two frames, escaping with a two-point win in an extended opening set and holding off the Power Spikers in the second before sustaining their momentum and stamping their class in the third.
Aiza Maizo backed Thipachot and Tabaquero with nine points while new recruit Pau Soriano, still trying to feel her way around in two starts, chipped in four and Soraya added two.
Maureen Ouano scored eight hits, Stephanie Mercado had five and FIlle Cainglet finished with four as the troika struggled after churning out double-digit outputs against Far Eastern U last week. Meralco dropped to 2-2.
Earlier, powerhouse Army dealt Navy another severe beating, posting an easy 25-14, 25-12, 25-13 win, its second straight win in the season-ending conference of the league sponsored by Shakey’s.(pr)

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