SMART recovered from a sluggish start to dump Philippine National Police, 17-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-22, and boosted its semifinal bid in the Shakey's V-League Season 10 Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan on Friday.
Alyssa Valdez powered the Net Spikers with 27 points, from 21 spikes, two blocks, and four service aces despite coming late for the game together with Gretchel Soltones, due to a conflict in schedule with their studies.
Thai import Lithawat Kesinee chipped in 19 markers the Net Spikers’ win that improved their record to 6-3 and stay in solo third.
But team captain Rubie de Leon wasn't happy with the Net Spikers’ slow start.
“Disappointed,” she admitted. “Kasi ang pangit ng nilaro namin sa first set that's why natalo siguro.”
The veteran player said not being complete in practice could have an effect on the team’s poor start against a team that only has two wins to show in nine outings.
“Medyo kulang pa rin kami sa practice,” she said. “Nakakapag-training kami pero kulang ng isa o dalawa.”
“Katulad kanina late sila kasi galing sila sa pasok sa school,” she said referring to Valdez and Soltones.
But de Leon also has nothing but respect to Valdez, who made up for the mix up in her schedule by taking charge for Smart.
“Syempre si Alyssa isa siya sa mga go-to players, so as long as mabibigay ko sa kanya lahat ng bola ibibigay ko sa kanya para makapuntos kami,” de Leon said.
Janine Marciano came up with 16 points, while Patcharee Sangmuang and Frances Molina added 14 and 12 markers for the Lady Patrollers.