Army’s Rachel Anne Daquis rams in a spike against FEU’s Mary Palma and Gyzelle Sy during their Shakey’s V-League Open Conference encounter yesterday.(pr photo)
Army turned back a rallying Far Eastern U side and carved out a 25-15, 25-17, 24-26, 25-20 victory to stay closer to Cagayan Province at the close of the single round elims of the Shakey’s V-League Season 10 Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan yesterday.
Rachel Daquis sat out the first set but still topscored for the Army Women with 16 hits, including 14 kills, while Jovelyn Gonzaga added 12 markers while taking a break in the third when the Tams struck to force an extra set.
Bernadeth Pons and Mary Palma combined for 31 hits for FEU, which, however, lost steam while trying to send the match into a five-set affair.
The win hiked Army’s record to 6-1 which it will carry into the next phase beginning tomorrow (Sunday) while FEU closed out its stint with seven losses but with renewed confidence as it heads to the UAAP volley wars.
Cagayan Province heads the quarters cast with a 7-0 mark.
The star-studded Army Women uncorked a 62-spike game in the one-hour, 49-minute encounter, 22 more than their rivals while coming up with nine blocks as against the Lady Tams’ 4.
The Army Women appeared headed for another quick straight-set victory that marked their campaign in the elims but ended up stunned when the Lady Tams put on a strong stand to snatch the third set.
Shaken, Army put its act together in the fourth but needed to toughen up at endgame to frustrate the Morayta-based squad.
Army mentor Rico de Guzman rued his team’s complacency that gave FEU the upperhand and confidence.
“The team just relaxed, I’m disappointed,” said de Guzman.
Meanwhile, the Army-FEU match will be shown on GMA News TV Channel 11 today (Saturday) starting at 1 p.m. while the PNP-Navy clash, still being played at presstime, will be telecast on Monday, according to the organizing Sports Vision.(pr)