Petron continues winning romp, notches win no. 13

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 28, 2019 06:52 PM
Petron continues winning romp, notches win no. 13
Chloe Cortez of Petron smashed an attack through the defense of Jho Maraguinot of Sta. Lucia Realty.

Defending champion Petron notched its 13th straight win following a 25-21, 25-12, 25-20 conquest of Sta. Lucia Realty Thursday in the 2019 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Imports Stephanie Niemer and Katherine Bell led the way for the Blaze Spikers, who matched the 13-game winning streak that they notched when they won the All-Filipino title in 2015 and 2017.

Niemer fired 17 kills, three blocks and three aces to finish with 23 points while Bell dropped 12 kills for a 13-point effort and Mika Reyes finished with seven for Petron, which has to win over United VC on Saturday to complete its sweep of the preliminaries.

“We’re happy that we were able to match what we accomplished last conference,” said Petron head coach Shaq Delos Santos, who was an assistant coach when the Blaze Spikers notched a sweep of the All-Filipino in 2015.

“I’m very proud not because we stayed undefeated in 13 games, but because all the hardships in games and trainings are worth it.”

“But we have to continue what we’re performing until we reach our goal. Sure, we won 13 straight games but I think there’s still a lot of room for improvement.”

Casey Schoenlein and Molly Lohman carried the cudgels with 12 and eight points, respectively, for the Lady Realtors, who dropped to 2-10.

Meanwhile, Kendra Dahlke displayed her might as she powered PLDT Home Fibr to an emphatic 25-23, 25-16, 25-22 win over United VC.

Ranged against former Arizona teammate Kalei Mau, Dahlke towed the Power Hitters to victory to formally secure the third twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals.

Dahlke unloaded 21 kills, two blocks and an ace for 24 points while Grace Lazard shone with 15 markers and Aiko Urdas added nine points for PLDT, which also drew an impressive performance from setter Jasmine Nabor who had 24 excellent sets on top of 18 digs and three attacks.

With the win, the Power Hitters are now at third with an 8-6 win-loss card, but their spot has yet to be cemented as fourth-placer Cignal can still snatch it should it prevail over F2 Logistics in three or four sets on Thursday next week.

United VC, for its part, fell to 6-6 and has to win its last two matches to claim the last quarterfinal bonus.

Yaasmeen Bedart-Ghani delivered 21 points while Mau had 18 markers laced with 20 excellent receptions for United VC, which continued to play without import Tai Manu-Olevao.

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