Generika Holds on For the Win Against Gallant Raiders

The Generika Lifesavers continue their winning rampage at the 2014 Philippine SuperLiga Grand Prix as they held on to avenge their first round loss to the RC Cola-Air Force Raiders, 25-15, 25-21, 15-25, 25-21, in their Spike on Tour match on November 22 at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex in Tunasan.

The Lifesavers were on autopilot as they were about to cruise to victory, but RC Cola-Air Force had other things in mind after taking the third set with impunity. Generika then took control after trailing big at the start of the fourth frame to lead by the second technical timeout, 16-15.

The pharmacists completed the fourth set comeback as they finished the match with a 7-3 run from an 18-all deadlock. With the triumph, they were able to secure a semifinals meeting against the Raiders. Before that though, they will go up against Petron in Laguna on November 26 to close out their elimination round sched.

“Sa init,” explained coach Ramil de Jesus on why his wards lost steam in the middle set. “Ang ganda ng energy ng first two sets. Sabay ito namang Air Force, slow start biglang aarangkada.”

Natalia Korobkova anchored Generika with 26 points (23 attacks, three blocks) as Stephanie Mercado chipped in 14 (seven attacks, four blocks, three service aces). The Lifesavers’ net defense was as the fore as they scored 12 block points, while taking advantage of RC Cola-PAF’s 29 errors.

“Kahit papaano, nakita na may kapit pala ang team namin,” de Jesus referred to his players’ resolve in recovering and emerging in the clutch.

The Raiders were led by Emily Brown with 16 points, while Bonita Wise and Maika Ortiz had 11 each. Finally, Joy Cases finished with ten. They conclude the classification round with an even 5-5 standing.


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