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    Petron spikers even record in Asian Club Championship with win over Iran squad

    Sep 15, 2015
    Dindin Santiago-Manabat and the Blaze Spikers now hold a 1-1 record. Dante Peralta

    PETRON evened its record in the 2015 AVC Asian Women's Club Volleyball Championship with a 25-8, 25-16, 25-23 win over Islamic Azad University on Monday at the Ha Nam Competition Hall in Phu Ly, Vietnam.

    Brazilian reinforcement Rupia Inck Furtado bounced back from a dismal performance against 4.25 Sports Club of North Korea with 11 points from six spikes, four blocks and one service ace for the Blaze Spikers.

    Petron bowed to the North Korean squad in three sets in their opening match.

    Dindin Santiago-Manabat added 15 points on 10 kills and five blocks in a match that lasted just one hour and 12 minutes.

    "The adjustment paid off," said Petron coach George Pascua, who shifted Furtado from opposite to open spiker position.

    "I'm glad everybody showed up prepared and ready to win."

    Also delivering big for the Blaze Spikers against Iran were Frances Molina, Rachel Anne Daquis and Brazilian setter Erica Adachi, who delivered 53 of the squad's 60 successful sets. 

    Frances Molina scored eight points while Rachel Anne Daquis chipped in with seven markers for the Blaze Spikers, who face Hisamitsu Seikayu Springs of Japan, winner of the Asian crown the past two years, on Tuesday night.

    "Japan is such a strong team," he said. "But the girls have high morale. I hope they won't get intimidated and just be challenged against Japan. I know good things will happen if we play the way we used to be." 

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    Dindin Santiago-Manabat and the Blaze Spikers now hold a 1-1 record. Dante Peralta
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