RC Cola-Army, Petron score big wins to get boost ahead of PSL Invitational round of four
Army eases into the round of four with two other local squads and a Thai club. Dante Peralta

THREE-time champion RC Cola-Army and Petron displayed their might as they clobbered their respective foes to remain on top of the 2016 PLDT Home Ultera Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference women's volleyball tournament yesterday at The Arena in San Juan.

The Lady Troopers made short work of Cignal, 25-16, 25-14, 25-19, while the Tri-Activ Spikers survived another slow start before pouncing on Foton, 14-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-7, at the close of the elimination round.

Rachel Anne Daquis fired 15 points and Jovelyn Gonzaga had 14 as RC Cola-Army denied Cignal a shot in the final round where Thailand club Est Cola will see action.

RC Cola-Army, Petron and Est Cola will be joined by F2 Logistics.

"We still couldn't figure out what happened to us in that game," said RC Cola-Army assistant coach Rico de Guzman.

"That's why it feels good to have this win. At least we will be going to the final round with very high morale."

The Tri-Activ Spikers bucked a slow start before asserting their might in the second and third sets to pull off their fifth win in six matches.

Veteran Aiza Pontillas tallied 19 kills in a 20-point effort, Bang Pineda had 13 markers and Maica Morada added 11.

"Parang diesel na naman," said Petron coach George Pascua, referring to their rusty start. "I think the team was making some adjustments in the first set before heating up in the second and third sets. It was understandable because it was our first time to play them."

But the biggest blow for Foton was the shoulder injury sustained by Angeli Tabaquero.

With the Toplander ahead, 13-12, midway through the third set, Tabaquero reinjured her right shoulder after receiving a smash from Cherry Nunag. The former University of Sto. Tomas star was carted out of the arena and immediately brought to a nearby hospital.

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The Toplander were never the same again as Petron went on a rampage to erect a 24-17 advantage before Pontillas unleashed a punishing hit from the opposite to seal the set victory.

"Tabaquero is one of their leaders. Malaking kawalan sa Foton yung injury nya psychologically. It completely changed the complexion of the game," said Pascua.

"But I still told the team to challenge themselves and play their best even without Tabaquero. Mabuti na lang at maganda naging response nila."

Patty Orendain tallied 12 points while Angeli Araneta and Maika Ortiz had nine points apiece for the Toplander, who closed their campaign at fifth place with a 1-5 mark in the tournament bankrolled by Asics, Mikasa, Senoh, Mueller and Grand Sport with TV5 as official broadcaster.

 

 

RC Cola-Army, Petron score big wins to get boost ahead of PSL Invitationals round of four

Three-time champion RC Cola-Army and Petron displayed their might as they clobbered their respective foes to remain on top of the 2016 PLDT Home Ultera Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference women's volleyball tournament yesterday at The Arena in San Juan.

The Lady Troopers made short work of Cignal, 25-16, 25-14, 25-19, while the Tri-Activ Spikers survived another slow start before pouncing on Foton, 14-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-7, at the close of the elimination round.

Rachel Anne Daquis fired 15 points and Jovelyn Gonzaga had 14 as RC Cola-Army denied Cignal a shot in the final round where Thailand club Est Cola will see action.

RC Cola-Army, Petron and Est Cola will be joined by F2 Logistics.

"We still couldn't figure out what happened to us in that game," said RC Cola-Army assistant coach Rico de Guzman.

"That's why it feels good to have this win. At least we will be going to the final round with very high morale."

The Tri-Activ Spikers bucked a slow start before asserting their might in the second and third sets to pull off their fifth win in six matches.

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Veteran Aiza Pontillas tallied 19 kills in a 20-point effort, Bang Pineda had 13 markers and Maica Morada added 11.

"Parang diesel na naman," said Petron coach George Pascua, referring to their rusty start. "I think the team was making some adjustments in the first set before heating up in the second and third sets. It was understandable because it was our first time to play them."

But the biggest blow for Foton was the shoulder injury sustained by Angeli Tabaquero.

With the Toplander ahead, 13-12, midway through the third set, Tabaquero reinjured her right shoulder after receiving a smash from Cherry Nunag. The former University of Sto. Tomas star was carted out of the arena and immediately brought to a nearby hospital.

The Toplander were never the same again as Petron went on a rampage to erect a 24-17 advantage before Pontillas unleashed a punishing hit from the opposite to seal the set victory.

"Tabaquero is one of their leaders. Malaking kawalan sa Foton yung injury nya psychologically. It completely changed the complexion of the game," said Pascua.

"But I still told the team to challenge themselves and play their best even without Tabaquero. Mabuti na lang at maganda naging response nila."

Patty Orendain tallied 12 points while Angeli Araneta and Maika Ortiz had nine points apiece for the Toplander, who closed their campaign at fifth place with a 1-5 mark in the tournament bankrolled by Asics, Mikasa, Senoh, Mueller and Grand Sport with TV5 as official broadcaster.

 

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