Petron stays unscathed, extends win streak to six

Mark Escarlote on Nov 20, 2018 09:24 PM
Petron stays unscathed, extends win streak to six
Mika Reyes led league-leading Petron to its sixth straight win in as many outings.

Petron tightened its grip of the top spot in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The Blaze Spikers made short work of struggling Sta. Lucia, 25-9, 25-12, 25-6,  to remain on top of the heap.

Mika Reyes finished with a game-high 11 points, including five aces while Ging Balse-Pabayo added 10 markers for the Blaze Spikers, who captured their sixth win in as many games.

Petron had a dominant performance as it registered twice as much Sta. Lucia’s attacks (37-15) and blocks (5-0) while capitalizing on the Lady Realtors’ poor reception with 12 aces.

Meanwhile, veteran Mina Aganon re-asserted her dominance as she towed the Tornadoes back to the winning track after dominating Cocolife, 25-23, 26-28, 25-21, 25-19.

The Tornadoes moved to solo second spot with a 5-1 win-loss card.

Foton coach Aaron Valdez said their previous loss to F2 Logistics fueled them to work harder and regain their bearings.

“I think our loss to F2 Logistics made us better as a team,” said Velez, who took the helm from Rommel Abella in the off-season.
“Despite the loss, the team still radiated positive energy and I did not look at it (loss) as a setback.”

He added that it was a wakeup call that gave them a chance to identify their weaknesses, especially now that towering Jaja Santiago and Dindin Manabat are seeing action in the prestigious V. Premier League in Japan.

“It served as a wake up call for the team for us to improve on our weaknesses,” he added. “I’m happy that my players responded although they were hesitant at first, it’s normal, but I’m really glad that they exerted effort rather than nothing.”

Carla Sandoval also had 18 points while playmaker Gyzelle Sy registered 24 excellent sets for Foton in a match that lasted for two hours and 15 minutes.

Filipino-American spiker Kalei Mau led the way with 21 points, 16 digs and six excellent receptions for the Asset Managers, who absorbed their fifth loss in six matches.

In the night cap, Cignal walloped its sister-team Smart, 25-20, 25-20, 25-20, for a 4-3 slate.

Rachel Anne Daquis and Mylene Paat registered 15 points each and combined for 24 of the HD Spikers' 41 attack points.

The Giga Hitters dropped to 2-4 mark.

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