THE Assumption College of Davao (ACD) grabbed its second straight win by escaping past Pablo Lorenzo National High School (PLNHS), 25-20,8-25,25-18, in the resumption of the 1st Philippine Sports Commission(PSC)-Pinay National Volleyball League-Davao leg eliminations at the Almendras Gym Davao City Recreation Center Wednesday.
ACD, thus, improved to a 2-1 card. It lost its first game opposite Visayan Village-Tagum City.
ACD's Danielle Beterbo set up her teammates whose power attacks helped them claim the first set. PLNHS, however, got their acts together in the second set to establish a lopsided second set rout.
ACD earlier defeated University of the Immaculate Conception (UIC)-B, 25-17, 25-18 in their second game.
Beterbo, on the other hand, motivated her teammates to keep their focus on the task at hand as their ace services foiled PLNH's attempts to come back as ACD went on to seal the match.
Meanwhile, the Holy Cross College of Sasa (HCCS) at last registered its first win in three outings by recovering from a first set loss to overcome UIC-A, 18-25, 25-21, 27-25.
HCCS's team captain Kristine Garcero provided the late-game heroics in the third set to pull off the upset win.
UIC A's Queenie Camporedondo connected on seven strong attacks to give her team the first set.
Garcero and Camporedendo then turned the game into a showdown as they exchanged spikes in the second set. But Garcero overwhelmed Camporedondo to fuel a nine to five rally as HCCS snatched the second set away.
UIC coach Elvan Erik S. Pantonial told his players in a huddle before the deciding set started, "I-make sure ninyonamasulodanginyongmga services kayaronmakatarongmo set-up sainyong plays (Make sure you can volley your services to the opponent's side in order for the team to set-up its plays)."
Both teams forced a 16-all deadlock in the third set as a series of lead changes ensued as Garcero's attack to the line tied the match at 22-all.
Camporedondo, however, suffered cramps in her right ankle when she tried to block an attack of an HCCS player, resulting to a three-minute game stoppage. She then returned in the game but HCCS already took control of the match as Garcero closed out the game with a tip shot.
Games were still being played as of presstime to determine which teams will advance to the semi-finals set at 8 a.m. today. Finals match will follow at 11 a.m. in the Philippine Volleyball Federation-sanctioned meet presented by PSC Commissioner Akiko Thomson and supported by Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in coordination with the Sports Development Division of the City Mayor's Office and Mayor Duterte's executive assistant Christopher "Bong" Go.