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IEM ousts Sta. Elena, stays in S Turf hunt

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Instituto Estetico Manila snapped a three-game skid to fan its slim semifinal hopes alive while bundling out Sta. Elena with a tough 25-19, 25-23, 26-24 victory yesterday in the Spikers’ Turf Season 1-Reinforced Conference at The Arena in San Juan.

Ian Conde fired 15 hits while Karl dela Calzada and Jeffrey Jimenez added 10 and nine points, respectively, as the Volley Masters outlasted the Wrecking Balls in the last two fiercely fought sets to hack out the 80-minute victory.

It was IEM’s first win after dropping its first three games but it kept the Volley Masters in the race for the last semis berth provided it hurdles its final elims match against Navy on Wednesday and hope either PLDT or Navy won’t go over two wins to force a playoff.

“We knew this is a do-or-die game and I’m glad the players stepped up when we needed it most,” said IEM coach Butch Ordon in Filipino.

The loss, however, booted out Sta. Elena from the semis picture as it closed out its stint in the season-ending tournament of the league presented by PLDT Home Ultera with a 1-4 slate.

Sta. Elena actually turned in 34 excellent sets as against IEM’s 22 but the Wrecking Balls just couldn’t get the breaks in down-the-wire finishes.

Joven Camaganakan rammed in 12 hits, Arjay Onia banged in 10 points while Myco Antonio, Rocky Honrade, Alnasip Laja and Anthony Arbasto combined for 20 markers for Sta. Elena.

So tight was the match that IEM barely prevailed in attack points, 41-35, and in blocks, 7-5, with both teams finishing with identical four aces.

 

 

 

ACIRC

ALNASIP LAJA AND ANTHONY ARBASTO

ARJAY ONIA

BUTCH ORDON

CALZADA AND JEFFREY JIMENEZ

ELENA

HOME ULTERA

IAN CONDE

INSTITUTO ESTETICO MANILA

VOLLEY MASTERS

WRECKING BALLS

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