RC Cola continued its surprising surge, shutting down PLDT Home, 25-18, 25-23, 25-18, on Sunday to take a share of the lead in the Philippine Super Liga All Filipino Conference at the Cuneta Astrodome.
The Raiders, tailenders in the Super Liga Grand Prix last year, has yet to drop a set in two matches this conference, joining idle Petron and AirAsia on top of the standings at 2-0.
Former University of Santo Tomas standouts Judy Ann Caballejo and Maika Ortiz came up with 14 and 11 points, respectively, as the Raiders ended the Power Attackers' two-match win streak.
Joy Cases added 11 for RC Cola, which scored another straight-sets win after its opening match against two-time runner-up Cignal, 25-17, 25-21, 25-22.
“Pinaghandaan kasi talaga namin ang kalaban, pinag-aralan namin ang weaknesses nila para mas madali kaming manalo,” said Raiders coach Clarence Esteban.
“Pinaghandaan namin ang blocking, pinaralyze namin ang opensa ng open spiker nila,” he added, referring to PLDT open spiker Sue Roces, who was limited to just seven points.
“Pinilit namin sila na pumalo ng cross court kaya naging madali ang pag-depensa naming.”
After a comfortable first set and a tight second where they rose from five points down, the confident Raiders zoomed to a 12-5 lead in the third.
PLDT romped to an 8-1 run to tie the game at 13, but RC Cola came up with a 12-5 finish to seal the win.
“Na regain namin ang mental toughness, kapag kasi sunud-sunod na ang erros kailangan mo lang sila i-motivate para makabalik sa laro," said Esteban.
Charo Soriano finished with 11 points for the Power Attackers, who now hold an even record of 2-2.