“We struggled in the first set maybe because it’s just our first game. The players, especially the imports, were too excited,” said Petron head coach Shaq Delos Santos. “I told them to relax, take a deep breath and focus. Good thing we were able to recover.” Petron had a slow start as it was downed early, 5-11, in the first set before trimming it to one, 18-19, until the Blaze Spikers unleashed seven straight points to take the first set.
“Erica has been on our radar since last year. I’m glad that we finally had the chance to tap her,” said Cignal coach Edgar Barroga, referring to Wilson, who was part of the powerhouse US Team that saw action in the FIVB U23 World Championship in 2013. “She’s a gifted scorer who can help Rachel carry the scoring load. Since Jovelyn (Gonzaga) is still out, we want an import who can help in the scoring department – and Erica perfectly fits the bill.”
“I’m very happy on how the girls played. Also, the imports were able to step up, especially down the stretch,” said the youthful Velez, who is entering his second season with the Tornadoes. Already ahead, 2-0, Foton looked disoriented in the third set, allowing United VC to pull away, 11-4, all the way to extend the match.