TITLEHOLDER Petron recovered its deadly form as it vented its ire on a hapless Amy’s Kitchen, 25-18, 25-10, 22-25, 25-12, on Saturday in the 2016 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at The Arena in San Juan.
The Tri-Activ Spikers quickly bounced back from a straight-sets loss to Army, downing lowly Amy’s Kitchen to tighten its grip on third spot with a 4-5 win-loss card behind Army and F2.
Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Frances Molina and Bernadeth Pons spearheaded the well-balanced offensive assault of the Tri-Activ Spikers on the young Spikers from Perpetual Help.
Pontillas had nine kills and two blocks and wound up 12 points, while Molina had 10 of her 12 points on kills. Pons chipped in with 11 markers with six digs, four aces and a block.
“Losing a set is part of the game,” said Pascua, who guided Petron to a 13-match sweep of the All-Filipino conference last season. “That loss in the third set allowed us to test our second six so they can easily adjust to game situations when we march into the semifinals.”
It was all Petron from there as Maizo, Molina and Pons asserted their mastery of their young foes, while FEU star Remy Palma provided some offensive muscle to finish with 10 points.
“This win means a lot to us, especially since we’re coming off a loss,” Pascua said. “I just told them that we just have to follow our game plan and maintain our killer instinct and we’ll never go wrong.”
Clemente had three blocks for a team-high of seven points for Amy’s Kitchen, winless in five outings.