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Generika-Ayala scores stunning sweep of Smart for 3rd straight win

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Tiebreaker Times Generika-Ayala scores stunning sweep of Smart for 3rd straight win News PSL Volleyball  SMART Prepaid Giga Hitters Sherwin Meneses Patty Orendain Kath Arado Grethcel Soltones Generika Drugstore Lifesavers April Hingpit Angeli Araneta 2018 PSL All Filipino Conference
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The red-hot Generika-Ayala Lifesavers again displayed their deadly form, as they coasted to a 25-19, 25-12, 25-15 victory over the Smart Giga Hitters in the Chooks-to-Go/Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference, Saturday afternoon at the Caloocan Sports Complex.

Patty Orendain provided the spark for the Lifesavers, who stretched their winning streak to three after opening the tourney with a pair of setbacks.

Orendain, the high-flying open spiker from Bacolod City, delivered 18 points, 13 digs, and 10 excellent receptions as Generika-Ayala climbed the team standings with a 3-3 win-loss card.

Libero Kath Arado said they know Smart are a veteran and very disciplined team, so defeating them in straight set is normally impossible.

“Hindi namin inexpect na magswee-sweep namin sila,” said Arado, the University of the East libero, who has been consistently manning to backline for the Lifesavers. “Ginawa lang namin yung best namin para ma-execute yung inensayo namin.”

After barging into the win column with convincing victories over erstwhile-leaders F2 Logistics and Sta. Lucia, the Lifesavers are on a warpath oozing with confidence.

But after racing to a 16-9 lead in the third set, Aiko Urdas sparked a mini-rally to allow the Giga Hitters to move closer, 12-20, until Orendain restored order and towed the Lifesavers to match point.

Skipper Angeli Araneta chipped in eight markers. Ria Meneses had seven points for Generika-Ayala, who displayed tremendous improvement under the mentorship of Sherwin Meneses.

Grethcel Soltones tallied six points for Smart, who slid to 2-3.

Smart will next face the Cignal HD Spikers (3-3) on Tuesday.

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