Lifesavers end two-game slump
Croatian Katarina Pilepic of Generika-Ayala smashes an attack over the two-woman block of Iriga City.
Generika-Ayala made short work of
Iriga City, 25-16, 25-15, 25-21, Thursday to arrest a two-game losing slump in the 2017 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Lifesavers improved their win-loss record to 2-3 despite having import Darlene Ramdin of Trinidad and Tobago at sickbay because of food poisoning.
"Nagkaroon sya ng food poisoning. So she’s still recovering," said Generika-Ayala coach Francis Vicente. "Medyo na-dehydrate nang konti pero okay na sya ngayon, hindi lang namin sya pinupuwersa."
With Ramdin spending most of the match at the bench, Croatian reinforcement Katarina Pilepic carried the scoring load by blasting 20 points off 15 attacks, three aces and a couple of kill blocks for Generika-Ayala.
"Well I just motivated them in terms of mindset kasi I think that’s very important in a team, yung mindset nila towards any game," said Vicente. "So yun lang siguro yung nagiging problem, mga nagiging kulang namin in terms of setting their minds during competition. And kailangang relaxed and happy sila, dapat enjoy the game."
Angeli Araneta had 13 points while Shaya Adorador and Chloe Cortez combined for 15 markers for the Lifesavers.
The Oragons absorbed their second straight defeat in three outings and were obviously reeling from losing local top hitter Grethcel Soltones, who was banned for a year and slapped with a P50,000 fine after an infraction against the PSL's one-league policy.
Serbian import Tamara Kmezic was the lone bright spot on offense with 13 kills, an ace and a block for 15 points while Japanese spiker Saama Miyagawa had a quiet seven markers for Iriga City.
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