Bell stars in Petron’s win over ex-import Stalzer, F2 Logistics
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 08, 2019 01:07 AM
Petron import Katherine Bell fired 31 points to lead the Blaze Spikers to a four-set win over F2 Logistics to stay unblemished in six outings.
(Muntinlupa Sports Center)
4:00 p.m. – Petron vs Cignal
6:00 p.m. – F2 Logistics vs PLDT
American reinforcement Katherine Bell showed the way as Petron remained unbeaten after topping archrival F2 Logistics bannered by former import Lindsay Stalzer, 23-25, 25-14, 25-22, 25-18, Thursday in the 2019 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Blaze Spikers seized their sixth straight win in as many outings to keep a tight hold of the lead while handing the Cargo Movers their first loss in six games.
Bell dropped 31 points off 26 attacks, four kill blocks and an ace while Stephanie Niemer added 22 points and 23 digs for Petron, who cameback from its first set loss of the conference to re-assert its mastery over F2 Logistics.
Stalzer, who helped the Blaze Spikers win the crown last year against the Cargo Movers, finished with 21 points against her former team while Becky Perry gad 12 markers for F2 Logistics.
Meanwhile, United VC booked a 25-18, 17-25, 25-22, 25-17 win over PLDT to finish the first round on a high note.
American import Yaasmeen Bedart-Ghani and Tai Manu Olevao were simply impressive as they towed UVC to its fourth win in seven games to stay at fourth place.
Bedart-Ghani had 20 points while Olevao added 15 kills, two aces and two blocks to finish with 19 points and 10 excellent receptions for UVC, which also drew a solid performance from skipper Kalei Mau and Alohi Robins-Hardy.
Mau had 16 points laced with 12 digs and 10 receptions while Robins-Hardy submitted 25 excellent sets with seven attacks.
Imports Grace Lazard and Kendra Dahlke were the lone bright spots with 17 points apiece for PLDT, which fell to 3-3 win-loss card.
In the other match, Generika-Ayala displayed tremendous grace under pressure to survive a heart stopping 25-21, 25-22, 19-25, 20-25, 15-11 win over Foton.
The Lifesavers flirted with disaster as it squandered a two-set lead before springing back to life in the fifth to run away with their first win.
Thai import Kanjana Kuthaisong carried the offensive load while Fiola Ceballos waxed hot for the Lifesavers, who formally snapped their six-game losing streak.
A late replacement for Brazilian Nikolle del Rio, Kuthaisong delivered 25 points with 15 digs and 10 excellent receptions while Ceballos chipped in 20 points built on 17 spikes, two aces and a block.
Kseniya Kocyigit of Azerbaijan was also impressive as she tallied 11 markers, including crucial hits in the deciding set where the Lifesavers erected a 13-8 lead before Courtney Felinski and Gen Casugod put Foton closer, 11-13.
Then, Ceballos delivered a strong cross-court hit and a service ace to seal the victory.
“We finally got the money off our backs. It is a win that we badly need,” said Meneses, giving credit to Jamie Lavitoria who did a magnificent job setting the plays from start to finish with 23 excellent sets.
Felinski tallied 24 points, including 14 digs and 14 receptions for two-time champion Foton, which suffered its seventh straight loss in this season-opening conference.
Gen Casugod chipped in 16 hits while Mina Aganon and import Selime Ilyasoglu had 14 and 13 markers, respectively.