PSL-F2 Manila drops second straight match despite Santiago's 11-point outing

Mark Escarlote on Oct 20, 2016 09:57 PM
PSL-F2 Manila drops second straight match
Pomi Casalmaggiore clinched the last semifinals spot in Pool A with a straight sets victory over PSL-F2 Logistics Manila.

Filipina star Jaja Santiago showcased her best scoring effort in her first world level tournamentThursday night for the Philippine Superliga-F2 Logistics Manila.

The 6-foot-5 middle impressed with her attacking prowess but everything came into naught after PSL-F2 Manila absorbed its second straight loss against Italian club Pomi Casalmaggiore, 25-19, 25-15, 25-21, to bow out of the semis contention in Pool A of the 2016 FIVB Women’s Club World Championship at the MOA Arena.

The National University star unleashed 11 points including four in the thrilling third set when PSL-F2 was making a huge run before losing steam in the closing stretch for a 0-2 win-loss slate.

“Yun Pomi magaling silang team sobra. Happy kami na ipinakita naming ang best namin and lumaban kami sa kanila lalo na noong third set,” said Santiago, who pounded 10 attack points highlighted by two facials against Italian defenders on her quick attacks orchestrated by another superb playmaking of setter Kim Fajardo.          

Santiago only had three points Tuesday in a straight sets loss to Rexona-Sasc Rio.

The European champion Pomi Casalmaggiore clinched the last Final Four spot with a 2-1 card to join reigning champion and pool leader Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul in the next round. 

PSL-F2 Manila with the crowd cheering them on built an 18-13 lead before the Italian powerhouse made a telling rally to tie the set at 20. Santiago’s attack went straight to the net to surrender the lead in the next play. The set was again tied at 21 on a Pomi error before the Italians scored the next four points to seal the victory.    

“We started to make too many mistakes in the third set,” said Pomi skipper Valentina Tirozzi, who scored 14 points. “We talked together and put order inside the court to take the win.”

Lucia Bosetti had 16 points while Samanta Fabris and Jovana Stevanovic finished with nine each for Pomi.   

American reinforcements Stephanie Niemer and Lindsay Stalzer finished with nine markers each for the host team, which will close the pool play on Friday against Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul, which came through with clutch plays down the stretch to escape a hard-fighting Rexona-Sesc Rio squad, 25-27, 25-19, 22-25, 25-18, 15-11, for its second straight win to clinch a spot in the semifinals.

Rio Olympics silver medalist Tijana Boskovic of Serbia had her shining moments, but it was a total team effort for the Turkish powerhouse, which formalized its entry to the semifinals.

Meanwhile, crowd-favorite Mariana Costa sealed a hard-earned win for Volero Zurich as the Swiss club completed a clean sweep of Pool A with a 25-14, 27-25, 16-25, 12-25, 16-14, victory over VakifBank Istanbul.

The comely Brazilian hitter scored a well-timed drop to elude the defense of the Turkish club to seal the two-hour, 18-mimute tussle in the clinching 6-0 rally to comeback from a 14-12 deficit in the fifth set.            

Olesia Rykhliuk led Volero Zurich with 30 points anchored on 24 kills and five kill blocks. Dobriana Rabadzheiva and Foluke Akinradewo had 11 markers each.

VakifBank’s absorbed its first stinging loss in two games despite an all-out effort by Chinese phenom Zhu Ting, the Rio Olympics Most Valuable Player who led China in bagging the gold medal, who scored 31 points from 24 attacks, three kill blocks and four aces. Milena Rasic got 10 kill blocks for 20 points while Lonneke Sloetjes posted 12 markers for VakifBank, which will take on winless Bangkok Glass Friday.        

Earlier, Hisamitsu Springs Kobe hammered a 25-14, 25-18, 25-20 victory over Bangkok Glass in Pool B behind skipper Yumi Nagaoka’s 18 kills in a 20-point performance while Yuki Ishii delivered 13 markers, including the match-clinching attack for the Japanese.








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