Petron blows past Generika, F2 Logistics crushes Cherrylume

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 20, 2017 07:21 PM
Petron blows past Generika, F2 Logistics crushes Cherrylume
Mika Reyes of Petron tips the ball away from the defense of Generika-Ayala's Gen Casugod.

Petron bounced back from a second-set disaster to pull off a 25-21, 26-24, 25-21, 25-18 conquest of Generika-Ayala in the Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Filipino Conference Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

National team stalwart Frances Molina waxed hot as the Blaze Spikers caught fire in the third and fourth sets to complete the victory.

Molina had an impressive all-around performance with 15 kills, three blocks and two aces for 20 points while veteran Aiza Maizo-Pontillas submitted 17 markers for the Blaze Spikers, who missed the strong offensive presence of spitfires Cherry Rondina and Bernadeth Pons.

In the second game, F2 Logistics displayed its full strength to crush Cherrylume, 25-5, 25-10, 25-11, in the second match of this explosive triple-header.

Bannered by players from reigning UAAP champion La Salle, the Cargo Movers dominated the Iron Lady Warriors in all departments to book their third straight victory after only 54 minutes of action.

They dominated the attack zone, 39-10, block department, 6-2, was impressive from the service box with 12 aces.

Kim Dy starred with 11 kills while Aby Marano, Majoy Baron and Desiree Cheng delivered nine points apiece for the Cargo Movers, who are looking to top Pool D to gain a good position in the crossover quarterfinal battle.

“This is a very short tournament,” said de Jesus, who steered the Cargo Movers to the All-Filipino crown last year. “We’re still trying to find the right chemistry. If we will get it and make it to the semifinals, then, we’ll be good.”

Mariella Gabarda had four markers for the Iron Lady Warriors, who have yet to win in five matches. 

Rondina, the high-flying University of Santo Tomas star, delivered seven points, but was fielded sparingly after sustaining an ankle sprain while Pons didn’t suit up to attend her graduation ceremonies. With the victory, the Blaze Spikers are now tied with rival Cignal at the second spot of Pool C behind unbeaten Foton with a 3-1 win-loss card, turning their clash tomorrow a highly-anticipated affair.

But Petron coach Shaq Delos Santos was far from satisfied, especially after suffering a second-set meltdown due to their 13 errors and the Lifesavers three service aces.

“We relaxed in the second set,” said Delos Santos. “We lost our composure and our rhythm in the second set. Nawala ang gigil. I’m glad we were able to bounce back in the third and fourth sets.”

True enough, Petron made a resounding rebound in the third set, capturing a 14-5 advantage before Generika-Ayala moved closer, 13-19.

But the Blaze Spikers couldn’t be denied as Molina connected on an off-the-block attack for the set point before unleashing a booming kill from the open spot.

“But the job is not yet done,” said Delos Santos. “It’s going to be tough from here. Everybody is looking for good position in the quarterfinals so we expect a tough fight from our next opponents.”

Patty Jane Orendain had 13 kills for a total of 14 points while Angeli Araneta and Fiola Ceballos chipped in 13 markers apiece for the Lifesavers, who absorbed their second loss in four matches.

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