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Unstoppable Petron cools down PLDT, extends streak to 10



Tiebreaker Times Unstoppable Petron cools down PLDT, extends streak to 10 News PSL Volleyball  Stephanie Niemer Shaq delos Santos Roger Gorayeb Rhea Dimaculangan PLDT Home Fibr Power Hitters Petron Blaze Spikers Kendra Dahlke Kath Bell Grace Lazard Denden Lazaro 2019 PSL Season 2019 PSL Grand Prix
Photo from Roman Prospero/PSL

Continuing their dominant run through the 2019 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix, the Petron Blaze Spikers doused the surging PLDT Home Fibr Power Hitters, 25-16, 25-21, 25-14, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Petron extended their winning streak to 10, having dropped just one set, so far.

High-scoring imports Stephanie Niemer and Kath Bell took charge for the Blaze Spikers, tallying 21 and 19 points, respectively. The pair were instrumental in propelling the Blaze Spikers from a slow, 5-7 start in the second to a commanding 18-13 lead. Aside from that, Petron never trailed throughout the rest of the match.

“Happy and nakaka-proud kasi ginagawa talaga nila ‘yung best nila, and good thing din kahit ganoon ‘yung nangyari. Na-experience namin na kailangan hindi pwedeng maging complacent talaga. Kailangan mag-focus. Every point na gagawin namin, kailangan makapag-create kami ng magandang execution ng plays start from our service and our passing,” said Petron head coach Shaq Delos Santos.

“Kailangan pa rin namin mag-improve sa mga susunod na games. Siyempre, second round na. Lahat ng team pinag-aaralan kami. Ganun din naman kami sa kanila,” the national team mentor added.

Kendra Dahlke topped PLDT with 16 points, while fellow import Grace Lazard added eight.

Petron (10-0) take on the F2 Logistics Cargo Movers (7-2) on Saturday at the Caloocan Sports Complex. On the other hand, PLDT (6-5) will to regain their form against the Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors (2-6) on Thursday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Scores

Petron (3) – Niemer 21, Bell 19, Palma 5, Pontillas 4, Reyes 4, Dimaculangan 3, Pons 1, Cortez 0, Esguerra 0, Lazaro (L)

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PLDT (0) – Dahlke 16, Lazard 8, Urdas 4, Devanadera 3, Nabor 2, Alvarez 1, Latigay 0, Soltones 0, Sta. Rita 0, Pantone (L)

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