Ramdin powers Generika past Cignal
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 22, 2018 11:01 PM
Trinidad and Tobago reinforcement Darlene Ramdin fired 26 points in Generika-Ayala's five-set win over Cignal.
Reinforcement Darlene Ramdin delivered crucial hits as Generika-Ayala escaped a gritty Cignal squad, 26-24, 18-25, 16-25, 25-22, 15-11, Thursday in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
A gem of an import from Trinidad and Tobago, Ramdin caught fire down the stretch of the deciding set to power the Lifesavers to a thrilling win in this prestigious tournament.
With the win, the Lifesavers shutdown their first round campaign on a high note with a 2-5 win-loss mark.
Meanwhile, Foton bucked a slow second set to pull off a 25-18, 22-25, 25-20, 28-26 victory over Sta. Lucia Realty in the second game.
Dindin Manabat came through with 18 kills and three block for the Tornadoes, who forged a tie with the Lady Realtors at the fourth spot with a 3-4 win-loss mark at the end of the first round.
Their final placing, however, will be determined based on their points earned.
Ramdin was on fire, delivering 23 kills, two blocks and an ace to finish with 26 points while Symone Hayden tallied 16 markers for the Lifesavers, who struggled early on with four straight setbacks before winning two of their last three games.
Unfortunately, star middle blocker Marivic Meneses failed to suit up as she has an exam at University of Santo Tomas.
Still, Ramdin was the star of the show, especially in the crucial stretch of the match.
With Bosnian import Sonja Milanovic spewing fire at the attack zone, the HD Spikers crawled back from a 5-8 deficit to tie the count at 11 in the deciding set.
Ramdin, however, unleashed a powerful backrow attack followed by an ace from Angeli Araneta to tow Generika-Ayala an inch closer to match point.
The Carribean star finished the job with back-to-back, leaving Milanovic and fellow import Jeane Horton shaking their heads in frustration.
“Darlene is a fighter. She plays her heart out even if she’s in pain,” said Generika-Ayala head coach Sherwin Meneses, beaming satisfaction over his wards’ impressive performance in the fifth set despite the HD Spikers’ dominance on defense with 18 blocks.
“I told the team that we should not commit unforced error and improve our service-receive. Fortunately, our first ball worked that’s why our set plays became a little unpredictable in the fifth set.”
Milanovic erupted for a conference-high nine blocks on top of 25 kills to finish with 35 points while Horton chipped in 19 markers for the HD Spikers, who closed the first round with a 3-4 win-loss card.