Navy drowns Amy's to kickoff second round campaign

Mark Escarlote on Jul 24, 2016 04:12 PM
Navy drowns Amy's to kickoff second round campaign
Standard Insurance-Navy kicked off its second round campaign with a straight sets win over Amy's.

Standard Insurance-Navy easily dismantled the Amy's Kitchen Spikers, 25-17, 25-9, 25-14, Sunday to start the Group B second round preliminary phase of the 2016 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at The Arena in San Juan.

The Corvettes banked on veteran Pau Soriano to sweep the Spikers and boost their chances of landing a classification match for 5th place after a lackluster campaign in the opening round. 

Soriano finished with 13 points coming off 11 attacks and a pair of aces while Florence Madulid had nine for Navy, which pounded Amy's with 35 kills, four kill blocks and eight aces.

The Corvettes are set to face Generika and Cignal next to determine which teams will pair for the fifth spot and the seventh place finish in the knockout classification round.

“Lahat nagkaunawaan sa loob ng court gusto nilang manalo kaya ‘yun ang outcome,” said Navy coach Nene Ybanez-Chavez, who was part of the last Philippine team that won a gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games in 1993. “Desire nila is to win kasi back to zero lahat, although nasa bottom four kami, we aim for a higher place na sana mag-fifth.”

Navy dominated the first two sets, even building a 19-6 lead in the second frame but found themselves in trouble at the start of the third.

The Spikers took an 8-5 lead in the third only to sputter midway to remain winless in eight outings.

Lourdes Clemente, a 6-foot-4 middle blocker, finished with eight kills for a total of nine points while skipper Cindy Imbo had six markers for the Spikers, who remain luckless after finishing the first round without posting a single win.

Amy’s will have a chance to bounce back when it faces Cignal in the league’s second out-of-town gig at the De La Salle Lipa Sentrum this Thursday.

 

 

 

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