PSL-F2 Manila faces dangerous Pomi Casalmaggiore

Mark Escarlote on Oct 19, 2016 10:27 PM
PSL-F2 Manila faces dangerous Pomi Casalmaggiore
Philippine Superliga-F2 Logistics Manila braces for a tough battle against Italian club Pomi Casalmaggiore.

Philippine Superliga-F2 Logistics Manila vows to perform better when the host team face another challenging match Thursday against Italy’s Pomi Casalmaggiore in Pool A of the 2016 Women’s Club World Championship at the MOA Arena in Pasay City.

Game time is set at 7:30 p.m.

Shaking off the jitters after their debut game in this prestigious world tournament, PSL-F2 hopes to notch its first win after bowing down to powerhouse Rexona-Sesc Rio Tuesday night.

PSL-F2 Manila put up a gallant stand in front of the home crowd but were overpowered by the seasoned Brazilian side to absorb a 25-15, 25-13, 25-20 loss. 

American reinforcements Stephanie Niemer and Lindsay Stalzer and Ukranian Zenya Nyukhalova carried most of the scoring load but the locals, who are participating in the world stage for the first time, also showed their mettle to earn the respect of their opponents.      

“We can use this as a learning experience for our next match,” said Niemer. “Our team chemistry gets better every day so I’m hoping that’ll propel us to do a little bit better in our next match.”

Team captain Rachel Anne Daquis, who had two points last game, swore to not let the Filipino fans down this time.

“Me and my girls will do our best next game. We have trust in each other so I know we will perform better in our next game,” the team captain said.

Starting setter Kim Fajardo, who dished out most of the team’s 23 excellent sets and added three points, 6-foot-5 middle Jaja Santiago, Mika Reyes, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Ces Molina and libero Jen Reyes are all expected to get ample playing time for the Moro Branislav when they face the Italian club team.

Pomi Cassalmaggiore bounced back from a straight sets loss to Eczasibasi Vitra Istanbul with a huge five-set win over Rexona-Sesc Rio, 17-25, 25-20, 25-20, 19-25, 18-16, Wednesday night. 

Samanta Fabris unleashed 22 vicious attacks on her way to a 24-point performance while Lucia Bosetti and Jovana Stevanovic scored 16 and 10 points respectively for the Italian club.

Gabi Guimaraes, who had 11 points against PSL-F2 Manila, finished with 29 markers while Dutch import Anne Bujis made 18 for Rexona, which tied their tormentors at 1-1 slate.    

Meanwhile, Volero Zurich clinched a spot in the semifinals after sweeping Hisamitsu Springs Kobe, 25-19, 25-15, 25-17, with its second straight win behind the 19 points of Olesia Ryhliuk.   







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