Last Day of Classification– Cignal vs Generika-Ayala; Sta Lucia vs Smart

Last Day of Classification– Cignal vs Generika-Ayala; Sta Lucia vs Smart

After erupting for a record-breaking 56 points, all eyes will be on Gyselle Silva as Smart seeks to come up with a strong finish in the classification phase of the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix Apr 12 at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The Giga Hitters will battle red-hot Sta. Lucia Realty at 7 pm in a bid to snap their nine-game losing streak in this prestigious women’s club tourney bankrolled by Isuzu and UCPB Gen with ESPN5 as official broadcast partner.

Prior to that, Cignal faces Generika-Ayala in the first match at 4:15 pm to improve its quarterfinal position in this battle that also has Senoh, Mikasa, Asics, LGR and Grand Sport as technical sponsors.

Reigning champion F2 Logistics gained the right to face eighth seed Smart after booking their ninth win in 10 games following an impressive 25-17, 25-18, 25-17 victory over Foton late Tuesday.

Petron, who prevailed over Cocolife in a five-set thriller, grabbed the second spot while the Asset Managers (6-4) and the Tornadoes (5-5) will occupy the third and fourth places armed with a twice-to-beat incentive.

Smart is set to face F2 Logistics while Generika-Ayala will tangle with Petron in the next round starting this Saturday at the Gen. Trias Sports Center in Gen. Trias City in Cavite.

Cignal, who have a 3-6 win-loss card, still have a slight chance to improve their quarterfinal placing if they win via straight set over Generika-Ayala while hoping that Sta. Lucia (4-5) suffers a straight-set loss to Smart in the other match of this blockbuster double-header.

But the spotlight will be focused on Silva.

The Cuban sensation shook Philippine volleyball to its very foundation when she erupted for 53 kills and three aces for an incredible 56 points in the Giga Hitters heart-stopping 23-25, 21-25, 29-27, 25-19, 14-16 loss to the Asset Managers over the weekend in Batangas City.

Her production was the highest ever in the country and third best in the world behind the 58 points of Polina Rahimova of Azerbaijan in 2015 and the 57 points of Madison Kingdon of United States in 2017 and Elitsa Vasileva of Bulgaria in 2013.

Smart head coach Ronald Dulay said despite posting this eye-popping offensive output, Silva is not yet done.

“Her main goal is to give us a victory,” said Dulay, adding that he wasn’t surprised with Silva’s explosion since she’s been saying that she’s willing to score 50 points if that’s what it takes to give the Giga Hitters their first win.

“She’s very focused in training and actual games so I’m not discounting the possibility that she can either match or surpass that impressive performance in our next few matches.”

But running away with the victory is easier said than done.

Sta. Lucia is also coming off an impressive straight-set victory over erstwhile-unbeaten Petron, giving them sky-high morale entering their final game of classifications.

“That win over Petron will be worthless if we will not work hard in our next game,” said Sta. Lucia coach George Pascua who is expected to tap Marisa Field, Bohdana Anisova, MJ Philips, Micmic Laborte and Kristen Moncks to prevent Silva from doing damage.

“The job is not yet done. We have to go back to the drawing board and plot how to stop Smart and its very good import in our next game.”



Team Standing

F2 Logistics 9-1
Petron 9-1
Cocolife 6-4
Foton 5-5
Sta. Lucia Realty 4-5
Cignal 3-6
Generika-Ayala 2-7
Smart 0-9


Apr 12 @FilOilSanJuan
415pm Cignal vs Generika-Ayala
7pm Sta Lucia vs Smart
Both games live ESPN5 & Cignal’s Hyper. P150 tix at gate or SM Tickets.

Apr 14 Quarterfinals
Gen Trias Sports Center, tix at venue available now. P300 all seats.
4pm Rank 1 vs Rank 8
6pm Rank 2 vs Rank 7
Both games live ESPN5 & Cignal’s Hyper. P150 tix at gate or SM Tickets.