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PLDT solidifies hold on third seed, sweeps Sta. Lucia

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Tiebreaker Times PLDT solidifies hold on third seed, sweeps Sta. Lucia News PSL Volleyball  Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors Roger Gorayeb Rachel Austero PLDT Home Fibr Power Hitters Kendra Dahlke Jasmine Nabor Grace Lazard Casey Schoenlein Babes Castillo Alyssa Eroa 2019 PSL Season 2019 PSL Grand Prix
Photo from Roman Prospero/PSL

Coming off a disappointing loss, the PLDT Home Fibr Power Hitters trumped the Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors, 25-15, 26-24, 25-13, in the 2019 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Aside from a tight second set, the Power Hitters comfortably led for most of the match. PLDT head coach Roger Gorayeb attributed the second frame slump to their errors.

“Medyo namigay lang kami ng errors noong second set. Sabi ko sa kanila na hindi pwedeng mawala kami sa focus ng ganoon. Hindi namin dapat i-pressure ‘yung sarili namin,” said Gorayeb.

The Power Hitters had just 12 errors for the entire match. They punished Sta. Lucia on the block on the serve, gathering 19 points from both categories.

Grace Lazard led the Power Hitters with 19 points from 11 attacks, six blocks, and two aces while Kendra Dahlke added 15 markers off 10 spikes, four aces and a block.

Casey Schoenlein topped the Lady Realtors with 12 points while Rachel Austero managed 10.

PLDT (7-5) faces Cignal HD (6-6) on Tuesday while Sta. Lucia (2-8) takes on Generika-Ayala (3-7) on Saturday. Both matches will be played at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Scores

PLDT (3) Lazard 19, Dahlke 15, Alvarez 8, Urdas 8, Devanadera 2, Macabalitao 2, Nabor 2, Soltones 0, Eroa (L), Pantone (L)

Sta. Lucia (0) – Schoenlein 12, Austero 10, Villanueva 7, Lohman 5, Raslan 3, Lastimosa 1, Rivera 1, De Leon 0, Maraguinot 0, Marzan 0, Catindig (L)

Miguel Luis Flores fell face first into sports writing in high sch9l and has never gotten up. He reluctantly stumbled into the volleyball beat when he started with Tiebreaker Times three years ago. Now, he has waded through everything volleyball - from its icky politics to the post-modern art that is Jia Morado's setting.

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