MOTOLITE outlasted Choco Mucho, 25-27, 15-25, 25-18, 25-17, 18-16, to seize solo second in the PVL Open Conference yesterday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Isa Molde scored 23 points to go with 18 digs and 10 receptions while Tots Carlos also dropped 23 markers as coach Godfrey Okumu’s Motolite improved to 6-2 overall behind Creamline’s pristine 9-0 record.
Behind Molde and Carlos, Motolite also withstood Kat Tolentino’s 33-point outburst for Choco Mucho, which went down to its sixth defeat in eight matches.
“I believe we fought against all odds,” said Okumu.
“It’s a good way to end a long first round but it’s not over yet. It’s just the beginning. Everybody wants to be No. 1 and that’s why we’re here,” added Okumu.
Bern Flora had 15 points and 20 digs, while Motolite’s middle blockers Jessma Ramos and Aie Gannaban were also solid with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Iris Tolenada made 46 excellent sets on top of three points.
The Flying Titans were without Maddie Madayag, who has joined the Philippine women’s volleyball team for a tournament in Thailand.
In the Collegiate Conference, reigning UAAP queens Ateneo and College of Saint Benilde booked the two remaining Final Four slots after besting separate foes in the final day of preliminaries.
Rookie Faith Nisperos scored 15 points in her return from one-game absence while skipper Ponggay Gaston finished with 11 points, including three service aces, and 11 digs as the Lady Eagles ended up No. 2 in Pool A with a 4-1 slate following a 25-18, 25-9, 25-17 dismantling of University of Perpetual Help System Dalta.
Diane Ventura and Jade Gentapa teamed up for 18 points as the Lady Blazers became the remaining NCAA team standing with a 25-13, 25-16, 25-9 rout of Technological Institute of the Philippines to finish second in Pool B with a 4-1 card.
Ateneo will play Pool B topnotcher University of Santo Tomas in the best-of-three semis on Sept. 28, that will serve as rematch of last May’s UAAP Finals. St. Benilde will take on Pool A leader Adamson in the other pairing.
France Ronquillo had 18 hits, including three service aces, and eight digs, while Cza Carandang had four blocks for a 14-point outing as Far Eastern University overcame a first set loss to repulse Lyceum of the Philippines University, 21-25, 25-14, 25-18, 25-19, and wrap up its Pool B stint with a 3-2 card.