Petron strikes back, Japanese guest team sweeps Cignal
Petron bounced back from a setback with a four-set win over Foton.
(FilOil Flying V Centre)
3:00 p.m. – Cocolife vs Generika-Ayala
5:00 p.m. – Foton vs Cignal
7:00 p.m. – Kobe Shinwa vs Petron
After suffering its first setback, Petron stormed back with a masterful conquest of Foton, 26-24, 22-25, 25-19, 25-21, in the final round of the Belo Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitational Conference Friday night at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Veteran Aiza Maizo-Pontillas led the way while Frances Molina, Mina Aganon and Mika Reyes chipped in significant contribution for the Blaze Spikers, who are bracing for an all-out war against Kobe Shinwa Women’s University.
The Japanese squad, which clobbered the Tornadoes in four sets late Thursday, took down Cignal, 25-23, 25-20, 25-23, Friday to move on the cusp of sweeping the Final round.
Mariko Fujiwara scored 11 points for Kobe Shinwa.
Maizo-Pontillas registered 15 kills while Molina, Aganon and Reyes conspired for 35 points to supply the firepower for Petron, which suffered a heart-crushing four-set loss to Cignal late Thursday.
“We’re so thankful because we won our second game in the final round,” said Petron coach Shaq Delos Santos. “We believe that anything can still happen. We’re facing a strong team tomorrow. We’ll do everything to win over them.”
Meanwhile, Cocolife blew hot and cold before finding its rhythm in the fifth set to overcome Sta. Lucia, 25-23, 23-25, 25-17, 12-25, 15-11, in the classification battle for 4thto 6th places.
Rose Vargas spearheaded the assault with 18 kills for a game-high 20 points while Michele Gumabao nailed 18 markers for the Asset Managers, who played the Japanese squad in a friendly match in preparation for this important clash.
“Mas nakaganda yung naging tuneup namin sa Japanese team,” said Cocolife coach Obet Javier, the architect of Arellano University’s rise to NCAA women’s volleyball stardom.
“Meron kaming natutunan dun kahapon na dapat pag-whistle ng referee naka-ready ka na for service. Kanina medyo lumabas sa amin yung ganung style, especially sa services ni (Kaye) Daly.”
The Asset Managers were in a rollercoaster in the first four sets, prompting the Lady Realtors to stretch the match to a deciding set.
But the fifth set was a completely different story as the Asset Managers quickly erected a 5-2 deficit before the Lady Realtors knotted the it at 11, thanks to an emphatic kill by Janine Navarro.
It was all Cocolife from there as Vargas shattered the deadlock with an attack off the block before foiling the attempt of Rialen Sante for a 13-11 advantage. An error due to miscommunication between Djanel Cheng and Lourdes Clemente gave the Asset Managers the match point before Vargas delivered an sharp kill to seal the victory.
Ranya Musa had 12 kills and three aces to finish with 15 points while Navarro had 14 markers for Sta. Lucia, which shut down its campaign in the season-opening conference at sixth place following an equally sorry five-set loss to Generika-Ayala Thursday.