Blaze Spikers keep unbeaten record intact
American import Lindsay Stalzer posted 26 points in Petron's third straight win.
Games on Nov. 4:
(University of St. La Salle, Bacolod)
2:00 p.m. –- Generika-Ayala vs Foton
4:00 p.m. –- Cocolife vs Cignal
6:00 p.m. –- F2 Logistics vs Petron
Petron kept its unbeaten slate intact after weathering a grueling four-set battle against Cignal, 19-25, 25-9, 25-22, 28-26, Saturday in the 2017 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
American import Lindsay Stalzer delivered at the clutch to push the Blaze Spikers’ winning streak to three straight and keep a tight hold of the solo lead.
Stalzer uncorked 23 attacks in her 26-point outing while adding seven digs and seven excellent receptions in an all-around performance for Petron. Hillary Hurley added 18 markers from 13 spikes, four aces and a kill block while Ces Molina and Mika Reyes chipped in 12 and nine markers respectively.
Stalzer forced the last deadlock of the extended fourth set at 26 on a crosscourt kill before giving Petron its second match point with a service ace that went off the hands of HD Spikers’ Rachel Anne Daquis.
Cignal’s American import Alexis Mathews smashed her spike wide as the Blaze Spikers survived a tough duel that started with Petron yielding the opening set.
“After nu’ng first set, ang sabi ko lang, i-consider namin na ‘yun yung warmup nila that time,” said Blaze Spikers coach Shaq Delos Santos, who is looking to steer Petron to a second straight crown after ruling the All-Filipino Conference. “So focus tayo sa second set, kalimutan na lahat ng nangyari sa first set. And good thing nag-result nang maganda.”
The HD Spikers absorbed its second loss in three outings.
Jovelyn Gonzaga got 16 points, import Beth Carey had 14 while Mathews posted 11 for Cignal. Daquis finished with 10.