Petron keeps perfect slate; SLR snaps skid
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 05, 2019 10:28 PM
Defending champion Petron bagged its fifth straight win to remain perfect in the 2019 PSL Grand Prix.
Reigning champion Petron cruised to its fifth straight win as it sent United VC crashing back to earth with a 25-12, 25-16, 25-20 beating Tuesday in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
American imports Stephanie Niemer and Kath Bell, who celebrated her 26th birthday, had a spectacular performance with 18 and 17 points, respectively for the Blaze Spikers, who gained momentum before facing bitter rival F2 Logistics this Thursday.
Import Yaasmeen Bedart-Ghani tallied 13 points while Filipino-American Kalei Mau had 11 hits, including 14 excellent receptions and nine digs, for UVC, which suffered its third loss in six games.
Meanwhile, Sta. Lucia finally snapped its five-game skid as it turned back Foton, 13-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-22.
Casey Schoenlein delivered the killer blows in the third and fourth sets to tow the Lady Realtors to their second victory.
Schoenlein tallied 13 points while her partner Molly Lohman had 12 markers for the Lady Realtors, who stepped back on winning track.
The locals also stepped for Sta. Lucia up as Pam Lastimosa had nine points on top of 12 digs and seven excellent receptions while Jho Maraguinot chipped in nine hits and 15 receptions in a well-balanced offensive assault.
“I like it because they played more relaxed. They enjoyed inside the court, which is something that we lost in our previous games. I’m very happy with it,” said Sta. Lucia mentor Babes Castillo.
“The issue ever since is how do we finish? Now, I think this is a good experience for them, they get to know how to finish the game, they get to know how to play in tight situations.”
After a sluggish first set, the Lady Realtors got their acts together in the succeeding sets, where they engaged the Tornadoes in toe-to-toe battle.
The Lady Realtors fought back from a 19-21 deficit in the fourth set as Vilanueva delivered a cross-court hit and a service ace for a 22-22 turnaround.
Schoenlein delivered back-to-back spikes for the match point, 24-21, before Selime Ilyasoglu committed a crucial attack error to hand the Lady Realtors the victory.
“I like how we played. Hopefully, we can carry this into the second round,” Castillo said.
Courtney Felinski had 23 kills, four aces and a block for a 28-point effort while Ilyasoglu and Elaine Kasilag chipped in 15 and nine points, respectively, for two-time champion Foton, which suffered its fifth loss in six games.