Pilepic powers Lifesavers past hapless Tigresses
Croatian Katarina Pilepic hammered 22 points to lead Generika-Ayala to a straight sets victory over Victoria Sports-University of Sto. Tomas.
Generika-Ayala returned in the win column after taking down listless Victoria Sports-University of Sto. Tomas in straight sets, 25-16, 25-19, 25-23, Tuesday in the 2017 Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Looking to build momentum heading into the knockout quarterfinals, the Lifesavers banked on Croatian import Katarina Pilepic’s explosive game to improve to 3-4 win-loss record and bounce back from a previous setback at the hands of F2 Logistics.
Pilepic had an all–around offensive outing as she hammered 18 attacks with a two kill blocks and a pair of aces for a 22-point production for Generika-Ayala.
Facing a squad composed of collegiate players and still looking for the elusive win, Lifesavers coach Francis Vicente had the liberty to tweak his rotation and giving more playing time to his locals.
Import Darlene Ramdin came off the bench in all of the sets scoring six points.
“Kailangan ding gamitin mo ang ibang mga players mo at huwag tayong mag-rely masyado sa import,” said Vicente.
Chloe Cortez finished with nine points while Angeli Araneta and Mikaela Lopez combined for eight markers.
Despite a quick 51-minute workout, Vicente stressed that his squad needed more improvement especially heading into the playoffs.
“Kailangan pa naming mag-step up. Although maganda and nilaro nila nakita ko lang na ‘yun na naman tayo, tending to relax at the end of the sets,” he pointed out. “Kailangan lang nilang pag-kill talaga kill, huwag ng mag-relax para dominant na sa lahat ng points na ginagawa nila. May error pa rin eh. Kailangan bawasan.”
Generika-Ayala will close the elims against Sta. Lucia Realty on Nov. 30.
The Tigresses took an 18-16 lead in the third frame before the Lifesavers rallied to take a 21-19 advantage. UST opposite hitter Dimdim Pacres tied the set at 23 before Pilepic gave the lead back to Generika-Ayala with a kill.
Pacres surrendered the match after sending her attack straight to the net.
The fourth year spiker Pacres scored 10 points while Tin Francisco had eight markers in a lost cause for UST, which dropped to 0-5.
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