Power Smashers crush Lady Dolphins in straight sets
Mark Escarlote on Oct 01, 2016 06:24 PM
New recruit Grethcel Soltones of Laoag taps the ball away from the defense of Philippine Coast Guard.
Laoag barely broke a sweat as it gave an out of sync Philippine Coast Guard a 25-8, 25-15, 25-16, whipping Saturday to open its campaign in the 13th V-League Reinforced Conference at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.
The Power Smashers missed a couple of players in their debut game but the power-hitting duo of new recruits Jorelle Singh of National Univeristy and Grethcel Soltones of San Sebastian College were enough to crush the Lady Dolphins in a one-sided game that lasted for only 66 minutes.
Singh had 17 points with 13 coming off spikes while Soltones scored all her 13 markers from attacks for the Open Conference fourth placer Laoag.
Holdover Jema Galanza of Adamson and new player Aiko Urdas of NU skipped the match to play with their respective schools in the 79th UAAP beach volleyball tournament.
“Happy ako siyempre kasi kumbaga may puhunan na kami. Konti pa, hindi natin masabi baka gumanda ng gumanda ang performance nila baka hanggang sa huli umabot kami,” said Power Smashers coach Nes Pamilar, who opted to go all-Filipino because of the long process of procuring international transfer certificates for foreign imports.
Laoag punished the Lady Dolphins, composed of Coast Guard draftees, with 39 spikes and 11 service aces. Soltones and Singh smashed a combined 26 of those vicious kills.
Pamilar said that the match served as a good preparation for the team to get the feel of playing together heading to an acid test against Alyssa Valdez’s Bureau of Customs, which is reinforced by two Thai imports, on Wednesday.
“Noong tsinek ko nga ang schedule para ang ganda para sa amin. Parang unti-unti palakas ng palakas ang kalaban so nagkakaroon kami ng magandang preparation,” he said. “Sabi ko nga magdyi-jell pagdating ng second game o third game baka magkagamayan na sila.”
Coast Guard, which finished dead last in the previous edition, committed 20 errors and only had 13 attack points.
Team captain Hazel Mea scored six while Lalyn Garcia posted only four points to lead the Lady Dolphins.
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