Cocolife, Foton open prelims second round on a high note

Mark Escarlote on Apr 03, 2018 10:09 PM
Cocolife, Foton open prelims second round on a high note
Cocolife submitted Sta. Lucia Realty in four sets to open prelims second round.

Serbian reinforcement Sara Klisura caught fire to help Cocolife recover from a third set meltdown to pull off a 25-20, 25-18, 20-25, 25-22 victory over Sta. Lucia Realty on Tuesday in the 2018 Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix Pool A prelims second round at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Klisura unleashed 25 kills, three aces and a block for 29 points while American import Taylor Milton finished with 14 markers for the Asset Managers, who improved to 5-3 win-loss card entering the crucial phase of the classification round.

Mary Jean Balse-Pabayo added nine points while veteran libero Denden Lazaro chipped in with 18 digs and 12 excellent receptions for Cocolife, which needs at least one victory in its last two assignments against Smart and Petron to secure the twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.

Ukranian Bohdana Anisova notched 20 kills and four blocks for 24 points while Canadian Marisa Field had 14 markers for the Lady Realtors, who fell to 3-5.

Meanwhile, Foton banked on the late-game heroics of Dindin Manabat to pull off a 25-23, 27-25, 21-25, 32-30 squeaker over Cignal in Pool B.

Manabat, who is returning from an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, delivered crucial blows to lift the Tornadoes to 4-4 card.

The 6-foot-2 middle hitter pushed Foton at match point on a cross court hit before closing the match with a down the line kill to hand the HD Spikers their fifth loss in eight games.

New import Channon Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago debuted with 18 points and seven blocks for the Tornadoes, who replaced American Brooke Kranda midway into the conference.

Canadian import Elizabeth Wendel finished with 19 points while Manabat nailed 18 markers including five kill blocks.

Foton could’ve sealed the match after taking a 24-23 lead in the fourth set but Cignal saved seven match points before Manabat took matters on her own hands.

American import Jeane Horton and Bosnian reinforcement Sonja Milanovic tallied 26 and 25 markers, respectively, for Cignal.

 

 

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