AFTER three bridesmaid finishes, Petron finally ended the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix as a champion.
The Blaze Spikers not only ended a PSL Grand Prix drought, but they also exacted revenge on an F2 Logistics side that denied them this same championship last season.
Shaq delos Santos, eventual MVP Lindsay Stalzer, Mika Reyes, Rhea Dimaculangan, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Ces Molina, Mela Tunay, Remy Palma and the rest of the Blaze Spikers were all smiles again.
“Of course it feels amazing. Last season left a little bitter taste in my mouth but it’s so awesome when you set a goal and you work towards that goal every single day and finally it pays off,” said Stalzer.
The road was by no means easy.
Petron had to replace Hillary Hurley midway through the classification for the quarterfinals due to a ankle injury, bringing in Katherine Bell who was also coming off a heartbreaking loss with her previous team.
In the best-of-three title series, Petron had to come back from two-sets down in Game One but and had to get its act together after a big F2 Logistics fightback in Game Two.
Aching for revenge, Petron stepped on the gas in the decider to win the title in four sets, 25-19, 25-20, 22-25, 25-18, on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.
Bell didn’t forget to credit Hurley.
“Hillary is not here but kudos to her too because before I got here, they got here with her help also,” said Bell.
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