Power Hitters end 5-game slump
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 23, 2019 08:27 PM
PLDT Home Fibr rediscovered its winning ways to arrest a five-game losing skid at the expense of slumping Sta. Lucia Realty.
PLDT Home Fibr pounced on struggling Sta. Lucia 20-25, 25-22, 27-25, 25-18, to snap its five-game losing streak in the 2019 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference on Tuesday at the Muntinlupa Sports Center.
Aiko Urdas and Grethcel Soltones showed the way for the Power Hitters, who also drew a strong support from their second stringers, to improve with a 3-6 win-loss record at the No. 6 spot.
Urdas delivered a game-high 20 points while Soltones came off the bench playing under the weather finishing with 10 points, highlighted by the match-winning hit in the fourth set, including nine excellent receptions.
Sasa Devanadera and Shola Alvarez added eight markers with the latter having 15 digs. Back-up setter Gel Cayuna dished out 17 excellent sets on top of three markers, while veteran libero Lizlee Pantone had 19 digs.
Sta. Lucia gave up 37 errors unlike PLDT, which only had 19 miscues that mostly came from its first set loss.
The Power Hitters bucked a slow start eluding the Lady Realtors in a tight encounter in the next two sets, especially in the fourth frame where they squandered a 24-22 lead.
Rachel Austero and Pam Lastimosa saved two set points for SLR to force a deuce. Austero committed a crucial service error and Soltones pushed her team to 2-1 match advantage on a kill.
PLDT stepped on the gas in the fourth set with Alvarez scoring back-to-back hits for a 17-12 spread and never looked back.
The Lady Realtors suffered their 10th straight loss in 11 outings despite MJ Phillips’s 19-point effort while Austero and Roselle Baliton added 13 and 10 points, respectively.