Generika-Ayala, SLR clobber foes
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 12, 2018 09:40 PM
Generika-Ayala closed its preliminary campaign on a high note to build momentum heading into the quarterfinals.
(Gen. Trias Sports Center)
4:00 pm – F2 Logistics vs Smart
6:00 pm – Petron vs Generika-Ayala
Generika-Ayala pounced hard on a crippled Cignal squad to essay a masterful 25-22, 25-20, 25-20 victory to close the 2018 Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix preliminary round Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Imports Darlene Ramdin and Symone Hayden carried the fight for the Lifesavers, who went on to seal the seventh spot in the quarterfinals.
With that, Generika-Ayala has to beat Petron twice in the next round to advance to the best-of-three semifinals.
In the second match, Sta. Lucia Realty closed the classification round on a high note as it clobbered Smart, 25-22, 18-25, 25-17, 25-18.
Bohdana Anisova and Marisa Field were impressive on both ends to frustrate the Giga Hitters and their super import in Gyselle Silva, who just came from a league-record 56-point explosion.
Anisova chalked 17 attacks to finish with 22 points while Field added 10 kills for 17 markers for Sta. Lucia, which booked a duel with Foton in the quarterfinals next week.
The two imports combined for nine of the Lady Realtors’ 12 total blocks to withstand another 33-point performance by Silva.
The Giga Hitters, who will face reigning champion F2 Logistics in the next round, closed their classification-round campaign without a win in 10 matches.
Meanwhile, third seed Cocolife will tackle sixth seed Cignal; and fourth seed Foton will face fifth seed Sta. Lucia Realty armed with a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals starting Saturday at the Gen. Trias Sports Center in Gen. Trias City in Cavite.
A member of the Trinidad and Tobago national team, Ramdin delivered 16 of her team-high 17 points from kills while Hayden chipped in 13 attacks and a block to finish with 14 points for the Lifesavers, who took advantage of the HD Spikers’ erratic attacks after Bosnian import Sonja Milanovic crashed with a right ankle sprain half of the first set.
With Milanovic out, American import Jeane Horton picked up the scoring cudgel for the HD Spikers, who faltered in the third set and allowed Ramdin and the Lifesavers to turn a 16-all count into a 23-18 gap.
Horton tallied 16 kills, two aces and a block to finish with 19 points while Rachel Ann Daquis had six while Milanovic chipped in five markers before hitting sitting out for good.