It did not take long for the Generika-Ayala Lifesavers to rebound from their loss to reigning champion Petron last Tuesday, as they vented their ire on the PLDT Home Fibr Power Hitters, 27-25, 16-25, 25-18, 25-14, Thursday evening at the Muntinlupa Sports Center.
“Sabi ko naman sa kanila, paghirapan natin ‘yung panalo ngayon kasi hindi basta bibigay ang PLDT. Siyempre, mga kilalang palaban din ‘yan sa school nila so nag-response naman ‘yung mga players,” Generika-Ayala head coach Sherwin Meneses said.
With the win, the Lifesavers hiked their win-loss record to 5-2 – enough to maintain hold of the third seed behind the 5-1 card of idle Petron.
Four Lifesavers graced twin-digit territory as team captain Angeli Araneta led Generika-Ayala with 15 points, two of which coming from aces, to go along 14 excellent digs.
Patty Orendain chipped 14 points while Fiola Ceballos and Ria Meneses finished with 13 points apiece. Ceballos had two blocks to compliment Mika Lopez, who provided four of her team’s 10 rejections.
On the other hand, the Power Hitters dropped to solo sixth seed with a 2-5 card. Moreover, they suffered their fourth straight defeat in as many matches.
Grethcel Soltones flirted with a triple-double of 17 points – built on 14 attacks and three aces – 14 excellent digs and nine excellent receptions.
Gen Casugod supplied five blocks en route to 11 points while Aiko Urdas contributed 10. Jasmine Nabor scored all her four points via aces on top of 18 excellent sets.
Generika-Ayala looks to exact revenge against Petron to jumpstart its second round campaign on Tuesday, July 16 at the Bacoor Strike Gym. Meanwhile, PLDT opens its bid in the second round versus Foton on Thursday next week at the FilOil Flying V Centre.
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