PETRON moved a win closer to winning back-to-back titles this year in the Philippine Super Liga after dispatching F2 Logistics, 25-14, 25-21, 25-16, in Game One of the best-of-three PSL Grand Prix Finals series on Tuesday at The Arena in San Juan.
The Blaze Spikers had the game in control from start to finish with American imports Lindsay Stalzer and Hillary Hurley leading the way.
Stalzer wound up with 20 points from 16 kills, three blocks and one service ace, while Hurley also had 20 markers, to go with 10 digs and six excellent receptions in a match that took an hour and 31 minutes to finish.
“Sobrang happy namin kasi ‘yung pinaghandaan namin, ‘yung game plan na ginawa namin ay nasunod. Lahat nagtrabaho, especially setters namin. Talagang lahat ng plays na ginawa niya, effective,” said Petron coach Shaq delos Santos.
Locals Ces Molina, Remy Palma and Mika Reyes also delivered for the Blaze Spikers with a combined 17 points, while Japanese libero Yuri Fukuda outplayed her F2 Logistics counterpart Dawn Macandili and seasoned playmaker Rhea Dimaculangan outwitted Kim Fajardo (25-9 excellent sets).
Petron is looking to duplicate its All-Filipino Conference title run also at the expense of F2 Logistics.
Game Two is on Thursday.
“Sobra naming paghahandaan at never kami magpapabaya,” vowed delos Santos. “Sabi ko nga, dodoblehin namin ang ginawa namin kanina. Laruin namin ang normal na ginagawa namin.”
“Opportunity na namin ‘to kung ibibigay talaga ni Lord na ibigay ang championship,” he added.
Maria Jose Perez made 15 points for F2 Logistics.