MANILA, Philippines – PLDT Home Fibr turned back Marinerang Pilipina, 25-21, 25-20, 18-25, 25-14, for its second consecutive victory in the 2019 Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Filipino Conference on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Grethcel Soltones anchored PLDT's strong start, as the Power Hitters kept the Lady Skippers winless in the tournament.
Soltones, the former San Sebastian College star, finished with 19 points and two blocks for the Power Hitters. She also had 12 digs and 10 receptions, as PLDT joined idle Generika-Ayala at the third spot with a 2-1 win-loss record.
Aiko Urdas contributed 15 points, while setter Jasmine Nabor set the tone with 21 excellent sets.
Still, PLDT head coach Roger Gorayeb was not satisfied.
"It seems that they are out of focus," Gorayeb said of his squad. "That's not the game I wanted to see after months of practice and a year of togetherness."
"There's no steam, we're lacking intensity. I'm thankful for the win, but they always need a wake-up call before picking up a victory," he pointed out.
PLDT lost steam in the third set, allowing the Lady Skippers to extend the match.
But they recovered in the fourth frame, racing off to a 15-5 lead, thanks to a Joyce Sta. Rita ace. Four straight points by Soltones helped them reach match point, 24-13.
Judith Abil saved a point for Marinera, but then committed the service error that wrapped up the match in PLDT's favor.
Abil had an all-around effort with 11 points laced with 19 digs and 17 excellent receptions, while Chiara Permentilla delivered 10 points on top of 11 digs off the bench for Marinerang Pilipina, which suffered its fourth straight loss.
Meanwhile, Cignal bucked a slow start before taking down Sta. Lucia, 25-27, 25-22, 25-10, 25-21, to kick off its campaign on a high note in the second game.
The HD Spikers made a rousing debut with new setter Alohi Robins-Hardy putting up 18 excellent sets and unleashed 12 points from seven kills, three aces and two blocks.
Mylene Paat had 14 points, while skipper Rachel Anne Daquis delivered 13 points including 19 digs. Returning Jovelyn Gonzaga, who suffered an ACL injury two years ago, added 11 markers.
MJ Phillips carried the cudgels of Sta. Lucia with 19 points, while Rachel Austero and Joy Dacoron added 13 and 11 points, respectively.
The Lady Realtors, who gave up 38 errors, dropped their third straight match sliding to a 1-3 record.
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