Petron wins fifth straight; Foton escapes in five
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 16, 2019 09:50 PM
Bernadeth Pons led Petron to a sweep of Generika-Ayala.
BACOOR CITY --- Petron brushed off a sluggish start before completing a sweep of Generika-Ayala, 26-24, 25-12, 25-19, on Tuesday in the 2019 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at the Strike Gym here.
The Blaze Spikers started out flat, falling behind, 11-17, in the opening frame before sparking a huge run to turn the tables around.
“Slow start lang talaga siguro yung receive at attack namin nagstruggle kami,” Petron head coach Shaq Delos Santos said. “Kahit malaki yung lamang nakakatuwa kasi hinabol talaga ng team hanggang sa naipanalo namin.”
The Blaze Spikers capitalize on their first set comeback to take the fight out of the Lifesavers for their fifth straight win for a 7-1 win-loss slate.
“Malaking bagay sa akin yan dahil ang Generika halos lahat ng team kaya nilang i-beat, siyempre kami din kaya rin nila kami,” added Delos Santos. “Pero siyempre pinaghandaan talaga namin sila mabuti dahil alam naming pag gumana yung team nila, mahihirapan kami.”
Bernadeth Pons scored all but one of her 18 points off attacks and added nine excellent receptions for the Blaze Spikers. Ces Molina finishwd with 12 points and displayed great floor defense with 21 digs and three excellent receptions while Remy Palma got 13 markers for Petron.
Angeli Araneta was the only Generika-Ayala player in double figures with 10 points. Fiola Ceballos had nine markers for the Lifesavers, who dropped to 5-3 card.
Meanwhile, Foton completed a come-from-behind 18-25, 21-25, 25-18, 25-15, 15-4 win over Sta. Lucia for a 5-3 mark.
Jaja Santiago, substitute spiker Marian Buitre and Dindin Santiago-Manabat powered the Tornadoes to kick off their second-round campaign.
Santiago delivered 22 points built on 14 kills, six blocks and two service aces while Buitre, who was fielded in the third set, showed her worth with 15 points off eight attacks, five aces and two blocks.
Manabat, for her part, added 13 markers.
Foton tightened its hold of the solo fourth place with its fourth straight victory.
Pam Lastimosa put up 13 points and 15 digs for Sta. Lucia. Rachel Austero had 11, while Amanda Villanueva added 10 markers including 12 excellent receptions as their team dropped to 1-7 card.
Sta. Lucia head coach Babes Castillo didn’t field MJ Phillips while libero Alex Bollier is out for at least a week for a week due to patellar tendinitis on her left knee.