Generika gets boost ahead of Super Liga quarterfinals with straight-sets win over Cignal
Symone Hayden and the Lifesavers end up at No. 7 and will face second see Petron in the quarterfinals. Jerome Ascano

GENERIKA-Ayala defeated Cignal, 25-22, 25-20, 25-20, to end the elimination round of the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix on a high note on Thursday at The Arena in San Juan.

Import Darlene Ramdin from Trinidad and Tobago scored 17 points for the Life Savers, who improved to 3-7, tied with the HD Spikers.

Generika-Ayala finishes in the No. 7 spot and will face No. 2 Petron in the quarterfinals. 

The Blaze Spikers, who defeated the Life Savers in straight sets in their first round meeting, are armed with a twice-to-beat advantage.

“Ready kami para sa quarterfinals so magandang baon ’to para sa Saturday, tumaas ang kumpyansa ng team kahit kaunti kasi team-to-beat talaga ang Petron,” said Generika-Ayala coach Sherwin Meneses.

“Pero bilog ang bola, parehas naman may import,” he added. “Twice-to-beat mabigat ’yun pero one game at a time lang pwede ’yun.” 

American import Symone Hayden scored 14 and skipper Angeli Araneta added 10 points for the Life Savers.

Cignal import Sonja Milanovic left with a right ankle injury late in the first set.

American reinforcement Stiix Horton led Cignal with 19 points, nine digs and 20 excellent receptions in the one hour and 30-minute match.

Sixth-seed Cignal will be up against third-seed Cocolife, which holds a twice-to-beat advantage.


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