Mercado, Marano lead way as Generika finally scores first victory, keeps Foton winless in Super Liga GP
Stephanie Mercano leads all local scorers with 15 points to help Generika stop the bleeding. Dante Peralta

GENERIKA’s gamble with an all-Filipino roster in the second set paid off as the Life Savers recovered from a set down to beat Foton, 15-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-15, on Wednesday for its first win in the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Struggling to find the right player combinations that resulted in a horrible first set, Generika coach Ramil de Jesus relied on his former La Salle players Paneng Mercado and Aby Marano to lift the Life Savers in the second set.

Russian reinforcement Natalia Korobkova led all scorers with 21 points, but Mercado and Marano managed to get the squad working as a unit en route to their first win after two losses.

Mercado came up with 15 points, while Marano had 10 as Generika gained a share of fourth spot with idle Mane ‘N Tail.

De Jesus, an eight-time UAAP champion coach, said the Life Savers are having a hard time adjusting since some of the players are also playing in the Shakey's V-League.

“Slow start kami, hirap pa kami mag-adjust, isa sa mga problema namin hangga't on going pa ang V-League hindi pa makapag-commit ng husto sa amin (Generika) ang mga players ko kasi naglalaro sa Meralco,” said de Jesus referring to Marano, Mercado and Joyce Estampa, who also play for V-League side Meralco.

“No. 1 problem namin 'yun sa team,” he added.

“Hirap kami sa jelling kasi hindi kumpleto sa practice lalo na ang first six," he said. "Hindi kami makapag practice sa training ng mga adjustments na gagawin sa game."

Despite giving away 36 points to Foton through errors, Generika still took care of the net as it dominated the blocking department 16-4.

The Life Savers easily romped to a 24-13 lead in the fourth, from a spike by Korobkova but Foton earned two points from Krobkova's service error followed by an Ivy Remulla attack, 15-24. But Marano came up with a solid block.

Russian imports Irina and Elena Tarasova scored 16 and 14 points, respectively for Foton, winless in three outings.

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