MAPUA SURVIVES GRITTY SAN SEBASTIAN IN A FIVE-SET MATCH
Mapua University stood firm after a comeback loss in the first and fourth set against San Sebastian College-Recoletos (SSC-R), 15-25, 25-23, 25-18, 19-25, 15-12, in the NCAA Season 97 women's volleyball tournament yesterday.
The Lady Stags seized the first set as the team was able to advance with a five points advantage, 16-11, that led to the Lady Cardinals’ technical timeout. But the called time out was not enough to stop San Sebastian and finished with 25-15.
With the first set knotted in the side of SSC-R, Mapua retaliated with Therese Manalo commandeering the team with her 16 points contribution in the game which became especially rampant in the second set but the 13 errors of the SSC-R contributed the most at 25-23 score.
While Jonina Fernandez and Alyanna Ong contributed 14 points apiece, outshining the efforts of Reyann Caneta and Katherine Santos for San Sebastian.
The third set rested on the hands of Mapua again with a seven-point advantage after a 5-0 run that extended the lead to 14-9 and continued until 25-18.
However, San Sebastian did not give up and pushed for a fifth set after winning the fourth set after back-to-back hits from Tina Marasigan bringing the team to a set point, 24-17 with her winning attack too, 25-19.
Comes the fifth set, both teams went for a score-after-score scheme but Mapua was able to advance with three points advantage at 8-5 and continued until 15-12 after Fernandez’ cross court hit and the setter Carla Gaudan’s drop set.