MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Army kicked off its title-retention drive in the Shakey's V-League Open in dominating fashion, sweeping AFP counterpart Navy with its power game for a 25-14, 25-14, 25-13 victory before a big Sunday crowd at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium on Sunday.
Michelle Carolino knocked down eight kills and made two blocks and four service aces and topscored with 14 hits while Rachel Ann Daquis churned out a solid 13-point performance to key the Army ladies' sustained charge in the 64-minute victory marking the start of the league's ninth season's second conference.
Army unloaded a total of 34 attacks, 12 more than Navy's to underscore its edge in power while pouncing on its rival's poor reception with 15 service winners, including five from Alarca and three from Daquis.
Jacqueline Alarca added nine hits while Iari Yongco came in the last two sets to fire five points and Marietta Carolino added four points for the Army ladies, who humbled the San Sebastian Lady Stags to clinch the league's inaugural Open title last year.
No Navy player scored in double-digit output to typify the team's offensive struggle with Kiteh Rosales making seven points, including six attacks, and Gretchel Deposoy and Marilou Galido combining for nine markers.
Cagayan Valley matched Army's straight-set cruise later in the day as it rolled to a 25-20, 25-12, 25-21 victory over Far Eastern University.