Unlike their first-round meeting, the Petron Blaze Spikers refused to allow the F2 Logistics Cargo Movers to win even a set.
Katherine Bell was her usual unstoppable self, punching in 30 points en route to powering Petron past the Cargo Movers, 25-14, 25-17, 25-21, in the 2019 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at the FilOil Flying V Centre.
Bell built her 30-point burst on 25-for-46 attacking, to go with three aces and two blocks. Stephanie Niemer provided ample support, gathering 15 markers from nine attacks, four aces, and two blocks.
The Blaze Spikers were dominant on the serve, tallying six of their 13 aces in their opening set drubbing. Petron then needed to rally from a 9-13 deficit in the second set, going to Bell, who spearheaded a back-breaking 9-1 run. Tied at 20 in the final set, Bell again proved the difference, scoring thrice in Petron’s final five points to seal the win.
“Sobrang happy namin sa nilalaro ng imports namin. Talagang wala kang masabi sa kanila kasi lahat talaga nagagawa nila,” said Petron head coach Shaq Delos Santos.
“‘Yung mga locals din namin nagbibigay ng quality na laro kahit mas kaunti ‘yung pinapalo nila. Siguro, doon makikita ‘yung balance ng team,” the national team mentor added.
Lindsay Stalzer topped the Cargo Movers with 13 points while Becky Perry added 10.
Petron (11-0) will try to stay perfect when they face streaking the Generika-Ayala Lifesavers (4-7) on Tuesday. Meanwhile, F2 Logistics (8-3) take on the Foton Blue Energy (1-9) on Thursday. Both matches will be played at the FilOil Flying V Centre.
Petron (3) – Bell 30, Niemer 15, Pontillas 6, Reyes 6, Dimaculangan 2, Palma 2, Cortez 1, Pons 1, Lazaro (L)
F2 Logistics (0) – Stalzer 13, Perry 10, Baron 5, Maraño 4, Galang 2, Cabanos 1, Morente 0, Macandili (L)