MERALCO turned back Philippine National Police, 25-17, 17-25, 21-25, 25-15, 15-9, in the opening match of the Shakey's V-League Open Conference on Sunday at The Arena in San Juan.
With the match tied at two sets apiece, the Power Spikers pulled away from a 10-7 contest and went on a 4-2 mini run capped by a service ace from Ivy Remulla to close out the match.
Skipper Maureen Penetrante had 19 points from an all-around game of 12 spikes, three blocks and four service aces, Remulla and Maica Morada added 15 markers each, while Stephanie Mercado contributed 12 for Meralco.
"Ang mga betarano (ang nagdala), sina Karla Bello, Maika Morada pero 'yung seniors na sina Ivy Remulla at (Maureen) Penetrante talaga ang nag-step up," said Meralco coach Oliver Almadro.
The Power Spikers, who have been together for only two weeks now, took two hours to finish the match.
Almadro did not expect a five-setter on opening day, but said it's a good way to start the tournament.
"Actually two weeks pa lang kami nagpa-practice, one week nabuo, kasi lahat naman sila employees kaya 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. nasa work sila," he said. "Hindi ko in-expect (na five sets) pero a win is a win."
Frances Molina and Janine Nicole led PNP with 22 points apiece.