Cignal torches Sta. Lucia; PLDT earns first win
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 23, 2019 08:04 PM
PLDT Home Fibr captured the elusive first win after outlasting Generika-Ayala in five sets.
BACOOR CITY -- After a sluggish start, Cignal caught fire, torching Sta. Lucia in the second and third sets before going for the kill in the fourth to pull off a 23-25, 25-11, 25-16, 25-23 victory in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at the Bacoor Strike Gym here Saturday.
Import Erica Wilson sustained her fiery form as she led the HD Spikers to a furious rally midway through the match.
Wilson, the Arizona State University stalwart who once suited up for the United States in the FIVB Women’s U23 World Championship, was impressive, tallying 18 kills, three blocks and four aces for a 23-point performance.
Her fellow import, Anastasia Artemeva of Azerbaijan, nailed 17 markers while national team member Mylene Paat drilled in 13 points for HD Spikers coach Edgar Barroga, who gave skipper Rachel Anne Daquis limited minutes that paved the way for the explosion of Wilson and Artemeva.
Meanwhile, PLDT Home Fibr flirted with disaster before escaping with a thrilling, 24-26, 25-23, 18-25, 25-21, 15-8 victory over a crippled Generika-Ayala squad in the second game.
American imports Grace Lazard and Kendra Dahlke came through with clutch points for PLDT, which finally barged into the win column after back-to-back setbacks.
Lazard delivered 22 points while Dahlke had 21 markers as PLDT took advantage of Lifesavers’ import Nikolle del Rio of Brazil, who crashed with an ankle injury in her debut game.
“We needed this win to lift everyone’s spirits,” said Lazard.
Generika-Ayala remains winless in three starts.
Imports Casey Schoenlein and Molly Lohman combined for 24 points for the Lady Realtors, who slid to 1-3 card.