PSL-F2 Manila bows to Rexona after a valiant effort
Mark Escarlote on Oct 18, 2016 08:58 PM
Rexona-Sesc Rio overpowered PSL-F2 Manila in straight sets.
Rexona-Sesc Rio flexed its muscle as the Brazilian powerhouse silenced the gutsy PSL-F2 Manila, 25-15, 25-13, 25-20, Tuesday night in the opening salvo of the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship Pool A at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
The much-taller and experienced Brazilian squad overpowered the host squad with Anne Bujis, Carol Da Silva and Gabi Guimaraes doing most of the damage.
Rexona joined early winners defending champion Eczasibasi Vitra-Istanbul also of Group A and Pool B’s VakifBank Istanbul and Volero Zurich.
Da Silva and Bujis scored 13 points while Guimaraes and Monique Marinho had 11 and 10 markers, respectively, for Rexona, which clogged the net to come up with 15 kills blocks.
PSL-F2 Manila, composed of seven imports and the Magnificent 7 of local players Jaja Santiago, Jovelyn Gonzaga, setter Kim Fajardo, skipper Rachel Anne Daquis, Mika Reyes, Ces Molina and libero Jen Reyes, made a stand in the third set that wowed the crowd that trooped the venue.
Santiago gave PSL-F2 a 14-7 lead on a kill block against Da Silva. Rexona crawled back to tie the set at 15 before Reyes gave PSL-F2 back the lead, 16-15.
Rexona blasted another big rally to take the lead 21-18 to finally take the fight out of PSL-F2, which will take on Pomi Casalmaggiore on Thursday.
American imports Stephanie Niemer and Lindsay Stalzer and Ukranian Zenya Nyukhalova carried the scoring load for the host team. Niemer had 12 kills in her total of 13 points, Nyukhalova had eight while Stalzer finished with six.
Fajardo, who opened the game with a rare attack to score the first point of the match, had 23 excellent sets to go with three points while Santiago also had three markers with two coming off kill blocks. Reyes, Gonzaga and Daquis all had two points apiece for PSL-F2.
Meanwhile, Chinese Zhu Ting erected a great wall in front of the net as VakifBank dominated Hisamitsu Springs Kobe, 25-25, 25-15, 29-31, 15-18, behind the Turkish club team’s 27-kill block performance.
Zhu of Chinese national team that won the gold medal in the Rio Olympics and was named Most Valuable Player in the quadrennial meet, tallied nine kill blocks on her way to a 28-point explosion which included 17 kills and a pair of aces for VakifBank.
Zhu’s performance on the defensive end surpassed the previous record of eight blocks notched by Adenizia of Sollys Nestle of Osasco against Foppapdretti Bergamo in 2010. On the same note, VakifBank Istanbul’s total rejections eclipsed the previous record of 25 blocks tallied by Sollys Nestle of Osasco against Chang Bangkok in 2011
Volero Zurich, meanwhile clobbered Bangkok Glass, 25-21, 25-19, 25-23, before American Jordan Larson-Burbach received a late birthday gift with Eczasibasi Vitra winning over Pomi Casalmaggiore of Italy, 25-17, 25-18, 25-15.
Olesia Rykhliuk delivered 16 kills and three aces for a total of 20 points while Dobriana Rabadzhieva chipped in 17 markers for the Swiss powerhouse, which is looking to barge into the medal podium after a bronze medal finish last year in Zurich.
Tijana Boskovic finished with 18 points to lead Eczasibasi Vitra, Brazilian Thaisa Daher Pallesi had nine while Larson-Burbach, who celebrated her 30th birth day two day ago, and Rachel Adams each had seven.
Olympian Miyu Nagaoka submitted 18 markers while Risa Shinnabe had 26 for Hisamitsu Springs Kobe.
Wilavan Apinyapong scored 12 points and Ashley Frazier had 11 for Bangkok Glass while Samanta Fabris got seven to lead Pomi Casalmaggiore.
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