Generika-Ayala routed Sta. Lucia, 25-12, 25-23, 25-15, to claim their third straight win in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference, Tuesday afternoon at the Cadiz City Arena in Negros Occidental.
Riding the crest of their back-to-back wins, the Lifesavers pounced on the Lady Realtors right from the get-go en route to an impressive victory.
Sta. Lucia sprung back to life and seized control in second and third frames, but Generika-Ayala unleashed strong finishing kicks to seal the victory.
With the win, the Lifesavers climbed to the second spot alongside idle Petron with an identical 3-1 cards
“Kumapit lang yung mga bata sa second and third set kasi medyo nalamangan. Naunahan kami. At least, lesson sa kanila yan,” said head coach Sherwin Meneses, looking forward to another out-of-town match against Cignal this Thursday in Silay City.
“Actually, ito yung 1st time this conference na maganda simula eh. Sana magtuloy tuloy,” he continued.
Fiola Ceballos finished with 10 points on 10 kills. Team captain Angeli Araneta and Patty Orendain chipped in nine and eight points, respectively, for a well-balanced Generika attack.
Libero Kath Arado was also instrumental with 18 excellent digs and five excellent receptions, while Jamie Lavitoria set the pace with 15 excellent sets.
After a rousing 25-12 start, Generika-Ayala struggled in the second set, trailing by 19-22 before closing Sta. Lucia out with a massive 6-1 run.
The Lifesavers again trailed, 15-19, before hammering a 28-26 victory to complete a three-set triumph.
MJ Phillips was the lone bright spot with 14 points for struggling Sta. Lucia, which suffered its fourth straight loss in five matches.