Pinay spikers prime up for Tsukuba showdown

By ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 07, 2019 11:00 PM

Ces Molina posted 17 points in the Philippine national women's volleyball team's straight sets win over PSL Team Sparkle.

Ces Molina uncorked 17 points to lead the Philippine national women’s volleyball team to a 25-12, 25-18, 25-18, victory over PSL Team Sparkle in the Philippine Superliga Super Cup at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Thursday.

Molina displayed her all-around game with 12 kills, two kill blocks and two aces with 11 digs to lead the Nationals in their second straight win in the penultimate playdate of the pocket tournament put up to help the Pinay spikers in their preparation for the 30th Southeast Asian Games.

Jovelyn Gonzaga had 13 markers while Eya Laure scored 12 for the Nationals, who missed the services of Kalei Mau because of a strained muscle.

Head coach Shaq Delos Santos had the luxury of fielding his second unit led by Laure, Maddie Madayag, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Roselyn Doria and Mika Reyes for exposure   

“I think siguro yung adjustment din nung second six namin, and then syempre alam naman namin na nandun pa rin sa process ng pagbuo ng team so good thing lang nakakapag-deliver kami nang maayos,” he said.

Delos Santos hopes that the Nationals will sustain its momentum heading to its clash against Japanese team University of Tsukuba on Friday.

“Good thing we have a chance to practice tomorrow morning. So kailangang panoorin muna namin yung team kasi meron naman kaming video nila dun sa last two games nila. And then aral lang especially yung service kasi nila, hard service talaga,” said Delos Santos.

The Japanese squad defeated Team Shine, 25-10, 25-16, 25-16.

Ami Yamashiro unleashed 17 points for the Japanese team. Moeka Kinoe had 12 points for Tsukuba while Kurumi Takama and Syuri Kurata had eight markers apiece.

“Kailangan naming paghandaan mabuti. And I think best thing is ilaro lang namin kung ano talagang meron yung team namin and syempre kailangan ma-enjoy namin,” Delos Santos said. “Hopefully maipakita namin na medyo used na kami pag kalaban namin is Japan kasi galing kaming Japan, so malaking bagay yan na makakaharap nain sila. Good thing yung continuation ng ganyang klase ng kalaban, malaking bagay for us.”

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