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Stephanie Niemer, Petron Blaze Spikers dominate Sta. Lucia to stay perfect



Tiebreaker Times Stephanie Niemer, Petron Blaze Spikers dominate Sta. Lucia to stay perfect News PSL Volleyball  Stephanie Niemer Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors Shaq delos Santos Rhea Dimaculangan Petron Blaze Spikers Molly Lohman Kath Bell Denden Lazaro Casey Schloenlein Babes Castillo 2019 PSL Season 2019 PSL Grand Prix

Defending champions Petron Blaze Spikers continued their tear through the 2019 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix, romping the Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors, 25-8, 25-8, 25-16, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Petron trailed only momentarily in one of their quickest wins of the season. Solid serving from Sta. Lucia Molly Lohman allowed the Lady Realtors to grab an 8-6 lead. Following the technical timeout, the Blaze Spikers slowly regained form, going to their imports Stephanie Niemer and Kath Bell to establish a 20-14 gap and never look back.

Petron has yet to drop a set in the tournament, but head coach Shaq Delos Santos is still looking for areas for improvement.

“Nakikita namin yung improvement ng team pero siyempre dapat hindi kami makuntento kung anong meron kami ngayon kasi siyempre kailangan namin mamaintain o mas kailangan mapaangat pa namin,” said the National Team head coach.

Niemer finished with 24 points off 17 attacks, five aces, and two blocks while Bell added 17 markers.

No Lady Realtor reached double-digits as Casey Schloenlein tallied eight markers while Lohman managed six.

Petron (4-0) looks to keep their streak going against United Volleyball Club (2-2) on Saturday at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center. Sta. Lucia (1-4) takes on PLDT (2-2) also on Saturday.

The Scores

Petron (3) – Niemer 24, Bell 17, Reyes 5, Palma 4, Pontillas 4, Dimaculangan 3, Pons 1, Tunay 1, Lazaro (L)

Sta. Lucia (0) – Schloenlein 8, Lohman 6, Lastimosa 5, Villanueva 2, Austero 1, Laborte 1, De Leon 0, Maraguinot 0, Raslan 0, Rivera 0, Catindig (L)

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