Lady Stags complete NCAA Volleyball Six-Peat

by NCAA Press Release

San Sebastian College scrambled its way back from a   two-set deficit to eke out a marathon 22-25, 22-25, 25-12, 25-15, 15-12   victory over Letran to complete a two-game sweep and a six-peat feat in   the 86th NCAA women’s volleyball tournament at the Fil-Oil/Flying V   Arena in San Juan City.

Power-hitting Joy Benito unleashed a 31-hit effort, all coming on   attacks, that powered the San Sebastian belles to the come-from-behind   victory and their 24th championship overall.

Benito was eventually named the tournament MVP for her superb performance.

“We’re happy to be back on top, its really a good feeling winning a   championship again for the school,” said San Sebastian coach Roger   Gorayeb, who owns 22 of the 24 titles by the Mendiola-based school since   he took over in 1984.

A maze of reception errors proved costly for the Lady Knights, who just blew a 2-0 lead and never recovered from there.

Actually, Letran mustered enough strength to rally its way back from an   8-14 deficit in the deciding set after the troika Mharu Burce, Sarah   Espelita and Gena Andaya connived in scoring four unanswered points to   close in on 12-14.

Andaya had a chance of sending the Muralla-based squad closer but she   misfired on her serve, sending the San Sebastian Lady Spikers and their   fans in frantic celebration at centercourt.

Elaine Cruz and rookie Karen Berbano combined fro 25 hits while Bonsai   Mirasol contributed 10 including three on blocks in what was her   farewell match since she would be graduating this year.

Manel Carolino paced Letran with 14 kills while Burce added 12 she laced with three service aces.

San Sebastian’s Cruz, Benito and Mae Crisostomo also wound up the Best   Spiker, Server and Receiver, respectively, while Letran’s Melissa Cu,   Andaya and Carolino consoled themselves with the Best Digger, Setter and   Scorer awards.

San Beda’s Cess Molina emerged the Best Blocker in the tournament.

The individual performers in the men’s side were Perpetual Help’s Jay   Dela Cruz (Best Spiker) at Adam Daquer (Best Blocker), San Beda’s James   Lorca (Best Server), Lorenz Capati (Best Scorer) at Pocholo Apostol   (Best Digger), Arellano’s John Levi Muñoz (Best Setter) at Chris   Salvador (Best Receiver).