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San Sebastian College-Recoletos (SSC-R) conquered a two-set deficit to trounce the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA (UPHSD), 24-26, 26-28, 25-20, 25-20, 17-15, on Sunday in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Season 97 women’s at Paco Arena.

/ 27 June 2022

Despite falling behind at the start of the match, it did not stop Reyann Cañete to lead the team as she caught fire with 25 points drawn on 19 kills and five service aces while Katherine Santos produced 18 points off of 15 attacks.

A tug of war encounter saw both sides deadlocked again at 15 until Kat Santos got through two blocks for the match point, and Hannah Suico’s attack fault rounded off another triumph for San Sebastian in five sets.

The Lady Altas were able to take full advantage of the numerous errors committed by San Sebatian, who threw away a 19-14 lead in the opening set as Perpetual drew the game at 23.

After that, Razel Aldea returned a ball that had been miss received, which put the score at 24-23, and then an attack error committed by Kath Santos gave Perpetual the first set win at 26-24.

However, Perpetual did not exhibit any signs of exhaustion as they were able to level the score once more at 20 points each after Cañete committed a double touch violation. Suico then scored back-to-back kills to level the score at 24 points apiece.

Perpetual now leads the match by two sets to none after San Sebastian had two opportunities to tie the score and reached the set point twice; yet, Marasigan came up with two consecutive blocks to prevent San Sebastian from tying the match.

After Aldea went down with an ankle strain early on in the game, it appeared as though Perpetual might be able to sweep San Sebastian by mounting a late run in the third set. Instead, the Lady Stags took advantage of Perpetual’s depleted roster and won the match 25-20.

Afterwards, San Sebastian forced a tiebreaker by winning the fourth set, 25-20, and their head coach Roger Gorayeb made some alterations in the rotation.

The Lady Stags overcame its deficit thanks as well to kills from Christina Marasigan and Santos, and a subsequent attack blunder on the part of the Lady Altas clinched the victory for the team.

Kristine Dionisio, Kamille Tan, and Bianca Ordona rounded out the scoring for San Sebastian with ten points apiece, making them the other three players who scored in double figures.

Following a run of three consecutive victories, San Sebastian improved its record to 4-1 and moved into a tie for second place with Arellano University while Perpetual saw its standing fall.

Lady Altas fell to a 2-3 record in the team standings despite the efforts of Mary Rhose Dapol scoring 18 points, Razel Aldean With 14, and Charmaine Ocado with 11.