FIL-Am setter Alohi Robins-Hardy delivered the winning points for United Volleyball Club to halt Cignal’s three-game winning streak with a 25-22, 25-13, 29-27 victory in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix on Thursday at the Arena in San Juan City.
UVC needed to stop Cignal from forcing another set erasing a 23-24 deficit before getting the 25-24 lead from Mylene Paat’s attack error and Shar Manu-Olevao’s lucky dig that stunned the HD Spikers in straight sets.
Paat and import Erica Wilson tied the set thrice before Hardy nailed a brilliant 1-2 play for a 28-27 advantage and delivered the game-winning ace.
Hardy dished out 21 excellent sets on top of six points.
Yaasmeen Bedart-Ghani led UVC with 18 points all coming from attacks. Kalei Mau was everywhere finishing with 15 points to go with 18 excellent receptions and 10 digs, while Manu-Olevao added eight markers.
United VC bounced back from a four-set loss to F2 Logistics, which it pushed to its limits last Tuesday, and improved with a 2-2 win-loss record tied with idle PLDT.
“Actually yung pagkatalo namin sa F2 hindi naman siya talaga naging mabigat para sa amin naging more of a morale-boosting loss pa nga siya for us,” UVC head coach Joshua Ylaya said. “It’s those kinds of games that will strengthen the character of this young team. I’m proud na as a team they stuck together, although there was a part na medyo bumagsak sila nung nagtie na. But it’s a good thing na nakarecover agad sila and that’s the maturity that we need.”
UVC seeks to get its first back-to-back wins of the season against the winless Generika-Ayala (0-4)on Saturday at Malolos Sports and Convention Center.
“Ngayon na nakita nila na kaya nila I just hope na magtuloy tuloy pa,” Ylaya added.
Wilson carried Cignal with 17 points, while Paat had 14 hits and nine excellent receptions only for the HD Spikers to see their three-game winning streak ended before facing Foton (1-3) also on Saturday.