Generika-Ayala upsets powerhouse Petron
Generika-Ayala pulled off a shocker after tripping Petron in five sets.
(Muntinlupa Sports Center)
4:00 pm — Cignal vs Cocolife
6:00 pm — Petron vs F2 Logistics
Generika-Ayala flaunted its nerves of steel down the stretch to escape with a 25-23, 19-25, 25-22, 31-33, 15-11 victory over powerhouse Petron in the in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitational Conference yesterday at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
Despite falling short in the grueling fourth set that needed eight set points to be decided, the Lifesavers did not lose steam as veterans Patty Orendain and Angeli Araneta delivered the goods for the Lifesavers.
Earlier, the Philippine national women’s team shut down its campaign on a high note as it dominated Smart-Army, 25-16, 25-17, 25-17, in the first match.
Less than half of the 20 players in the pool showed up for the Nationals in their previous games, but they still managed to pull off convincing wins over Cocolife, Cignal and Smart-Army.
Santiago led the way with 15 points off 12 kills including seven excellent receptions while Mylene Paat, MJ Phillips and Maika Ortiz chipped in seven points apiece for the Nationals, who also drew impressive numbers from Dindin
Santiago-Manabat and CJ Rosario.
Rebecca Rivera, who was named as player of the game, tallied 23 excellent sets on top of nine digs and four points.
Libero Denden Lazaro was also instrumental 12 digs and seven excellent receptions for the Nationals, who are preparing for the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta this August.
But the day belonged to the Lifesavers, who are already assured of a spot in the quarterfinals with a 3-1 win-loss slate.
Orendain topscored with 23 points, while Araneta scattered 15 kills, three blocks and a pair of service aces for 20 hits.
"Buti yung fifth set napunta sa amin 'yung break, 'yung fourth set kasi medyo crucial talaga ang points eh,” Generika-Ayala coach Sherwin Meneses said. “Eh sabi ki nga sa kanila hayaan nyo na. Malay nyo mapunta sa atin (ang breaks of the game). Ayun napunta nga sa amin noong fifth set.”
Fiola Ceballos was also instrumental with 13 points, including 22 digs and 16 excellent receptions. Libero Kat Arado protected the floor with 42 digs and 16 receptions, while setter April Hingpit made 43 excellent sets.
Petron lost its first game sliding to the third place of Pool A with a 2-1 card. Aiza Maizo-Pontillas had 14 points in a losing cause.
Bernadeth Pons and Mika Reyes delivered 13 markers apiece, while Sisi Rondina added 10 markers for the Blaze Spikers, who suffered their first loss in four matches.