GENERIKA-Ayala started its new Superliga campaign with a big win, downing new team Cocolife, 25-20, 25-15, 21-25, 25-16, on Saturday in the Invitational Conference at The Arena in San Juan.
Gen Casugod led the attack for the Lifesavers, delivering 17 kills and three blocks for 20 points.
Angeli Araneta scored 12 and Patty Orendain had 11 points for the Lifesavers.
Coach Francis Vicente says he was pleased with the performance of 6-foot-2 Casugod, named team captain before the tournament.
“Syempre, kailangan nya magpakitang gilas. Captain ball namin sya eh. She has to step up. Sayang kasi 6’2 sya tapos malamya sya. So kailangan pag-igihan nya,” said Vicente, also the coach of the for the national women’s team in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Championship and the 29th Southeast Asian Games.
“I like my team this time. Magaan silang kasama, magaan ang samahan. Hindi pa kami nagti-team building pero magaan silang kasama agad.”
“We relaxed in the third set,” said Vicente. “Syempre normal sa isang team yan. Nag-relax talaga kami kaya kailangan gamitin ang ‘killer instinct’ sa fourth set.”
Fiola Ceballos provided that “killer instinct” Vicente was looking for in the deciding set as she towed the Lifesavers to a 16-12 count entering the second technical timeout en route to victory.
Rosemarie Vargas scored nine and Michele Gumabao Had eight points for the Asset Managers.