Generika returns with a bang
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 21, 2016 07:39 PM
Generika wins first game in return to Philippine Superliga.
Generika announced its return with an emphatic performance as it smothered Standard Insurance-Navy, 28-26, 26-28, 25-20, 25-19 in the 2016 Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Filipino Conference women’s volleyball tournament Tuesday night at The Arena in San Juan.
Featuring a medley of collegiate stars, the Lifesavers pounced hard on the Corvettes in the third and fourth sets en route to their first win.
UST stars Chloe Cortez and Ria Meneses were impressive while Shaya Adorador of UE, Gen Casugod of FEU and former La Salle hotshot Wensh Tiu also submitted glowing numbers offensively for the Lifesavers, who clinched the 2014 All-Filipino crown before taking a one-year leave of absence.
Cortez was a solid force at the net, delivering 11 kills and five blocks for a game-high 17 points while Casugod, Tiu and Meneses chipped in 13, 11 and 10 hits, respectively, to underscore Generika’s well-oiled offensive attack.
“Our height advantage surfaced in the fourth set,” said Generika coach Francis Vicente, whose wards kicked off the deciding set with a 9-1 blast to wrap up the match.
“Yes, I have a team of college stars, but the challenge here is how to make them work as one solid unit. Of course, they have their respective mentors and different philosophy, so the challenge here is how I will make them work as one.”
Vicente also lauded the leadership of Rubie de Leon, who tossed in 34 excellent sets.
“She is our veteran leader inside the court. That’s why she’s here.”
After a nip-and-tuck start, the Lifesavers found themselves in trouble after Pau Soriano and Lilet Mabbayad started to assert themselves at the attack zone.
Soriano and Mabbayad, who last saw action for F2 Logistics in the Invitational Conference last April, peppered the defense of Cortez and Meneses with hot smashes from the middle to give Standard Insurance-Navy a 28-26 win in the second set.
But Generika refused to get intimidated as Tiu caught fire from the open position to power the Lifesavers to an 18-12 lead in the third set. Soriano and Corvettes tried to claw back as the Corvettes trailed by four, 18-22, but Meneses and Tiu doused cold water to the uprising to give Generika the third-set victory.
Soriano tallied 10 markers while Mabbayad had nine for the Corvettes, who joined opening-day losers Cignal and Foton at the bottom of the eight-team roster.