Petron, F2 Logistics move closer to Finals rematch
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 24, 2018 10:10 PM
American import Katherine Bell hammered 27 kills in a 29-point effort to lead Petron to a 1-0 best-of-three semifinals lead over Cocolife.
(Filoil Flying V Centre)
4:15 p.m. – F2 Logistics vs Foton
7:00 p.m. – Petron vs Cocolife
Petron and F2 Logistics inched a win closer to setting up a Finals rematch after hurdling their respective foes in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix best-of-three semifinals series Tuesday night at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Katherine Bell made a strong first impression in powering Petron to a 25-18, 23-25, 25-16, 25-23 victory over Cocolife in their series opener.
Coming in as a late replacement to American Hillary Hurley, Bell was simply impressive as she shone brightest at the attack zone to give the Blaze Spikers an early lead in the series.
Bell, a versatile 25-year old spiker who led University of Texas to four Final Four appearances including a title in the NCAA in 2012, came through with 27 attacks to finish with 29 points for the Petron, who are looking to redeem themselves after falling short in the finals last year.
Meanwhile, reigning champion F2 Logistics demolished Foton, 25-22, 25-23, 22-25, 25-22, to inch closer to a return trip in the Finals.
American Kennedy Bryan hammered 15 kills while Venezuelan Maria Jose Perez fired 15 markers for the Cargo Movers.
Channon Thompson led the Tornadoes with 22.
Former Most Valuable Player awardee American Lindsay Stalzer was also stunning as she chipped in 19 kills, two aces and two blocks for 23 hits while Mika Reyes and Frances Molina tallied nine and eight markers, respectively, for Petron.
After cruising to a first set win, the Blaze Spikers found themselves in trouble as Serbians Sara Klisura and Marta Drpa rallied the Asset Managers to a 21-17 lead in the second set.
Petron managed to tie it at 21 before Klisura connected on a booming kill followed by an ace from Jane Gonzales to give Cocolife on the verge of knotting the match at 1-1.
Drpa tallied 26 points while Klisura chipped in 18 markers for Cocolife, which is looking to make it to the finals for the first time since joining the league last year.