Petron blazes to 3-0 card, holds solo lead
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 11, 2017 10:15 PM
Mika Reyes led Petron to its third straight win in as many games.
MALOLOS CITY –-- Petron kept its clean slate intact with a 20-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-21 win over the listless Cocolife Asset Managers Saturday in the Belo-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitational Conference Saturday at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center here.
The Blaze Spikers bagged their third straight win in as many outings to keep its solo hold of the league.
Cocolife dropped to 0-3 card.
Meanwhile, Cignal took its sweet time before blasting away with an emphatic performance on both ends to pull off a 20-25, 25-10, 25-20, 25-10 win over Sta. Lucia.
Rachel Anne Daquis had an impressive all-around performance while Honey Royse Tubino spearheaded a sizzling run in the deciding set to lift the HD Spikers to an easy win.
In the second match, Foton flirted with disaster before hammering a 25-19, 25-16, 23-25, 26-24 win over Generika-Ayala.
Dindin Santiago and Gretchel Soltones played like a two-headed spiking machine, finishing with 19 and 18 points, respectively, for the Tornadoes, who started out slow but caught fire in the crucial stretch of the fourth set to conquer the victory.
With the win, the HD Spikers and the Tornadoes are now tied at the second spot with a 2-1 win-loss mark behind unbeaten Petron.
The Blaze Spikers, however, are still playing neophyte Cocolife as of press time.
Daquis, a fresh recruit from RC Cola-Army, delivered seven kills, three aces and two blocks for 12 points while Tubino finished with 11 markers for the HD Spikers, who fielded their second unit early in the game before veterans like Daquis, Tubino, Jovelyn Gonzaga and Chie Saet restored order in the second and third sets.
“We managed to cut down our errors unlike last game,” said Cignal coach George Pascua, admitting they can’t afford to relax as they’re setting their sights on making it to the semifinals.
“We have a very good chance of making it to the top three. We just need to work hard and treat each game as if it’s a championship match.”
Daquis said their performance may be impressive, but they still remain a work in progress.
“We’ve been together for only a month. We’re still working on making some adjustments,” said the comely open spiker, who was named Most Valuable Player of the PSL All-Filipino Conference two years ago.
The HD Spikers emerged with less errors compared to the Lady Realtors, 24-31, while having a huge advantage in the attack points, 50-31, and aces, 9-4.
One of the two new teams this year, the Lady Realtors came out firing in the opening set as 6-foot-1 Lourdes Clemente and hard-hitting Rachel Austero took turns in piercing the defensive blanket of Cignal in the first set.
But after Cignal equalized the match at one set apiece, the fire in the eyes of Sta. Lucia slowly dwindled as the HD Spikers turned a 16-all deadlock into a 24-18 lead to capture the third set and gain a sky-high morale entering the fourth.
Clemente finished with eight kills for 10 points while Jonah Sabete had eight kills for the Lady Realtors, who have yet to win in two starts.