GENERIKA-Ayala vented its ire on PLDT Home Fibr, 27-25, 16-25, 25-18, 25-14, to keep its hold of the solo third place in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference on Thursday at the Muntinlupa Sports Center.
After absorbing a lethargic three-set loss to defending champion Petron last Tuesday in Bacoor City, the Lifesavers regained their winning ways pouncing on the struggling Power Hitters to finish the first round on a convincing note.
Skipper Angeli Araneta stood out in Generika-Ayala’s well-distributed offense finishing with 15 points including 14 digs. Patty Orendain had 14 points, while Fiola Ceballos and Ria Meneses added 13 points apiece.
Setter Jamie Lavitoria was also instrumental with 14 excellent sets on top of five markers as well as libero Kath Arado protecting the floor with 25 digs.
Generika-Ayala finished the first round at No. 3 with 5-2 win-loss record behind unbeaten leader F2 Logistics (7-0) and No. 2 Petron (5-1).
Lifesavers head coach Sherwin Meneses hoped that his wards learned in their loss to Petron including the slow start in this match.
“Lesson lang yung last game namin yung first two sets talagang ang baba ng laro e buti nga nakuha namin yung first set,” Meneses said.
The Lifesavers split the first two sets taking the extended opening frame through Araneta’s kill and a block on Jerrili Malabanan but stumbled in a lopsided second set.
Generika-Ayala caught fire in the succeeding sets especially in the fourth, where it built a 18-6 spread before Grethcel Soltones and Gen Casugod scored four straight points to trim it down to eight but Araneta and Ceballos restored the order nailing the finishing touches.
“Sabi ko naman sa kanila, paghirapan natin yung panalo ngayon kasi hindi basta bibigay ang PLDT siyempre mga kilalang palaban din yan sa school nila so nagresponse naman yung mga player,”Meneses said.
Soltones put up 17 points on top of 14 digs and nine excellent receptions. Casugod had 14 points off five blocks, while Aiko Urdas added 10 markers as PLDT ended the first round with four-game losing streak with a 2-5 slate at the No.6 spot.