In what has been a week of twists and turns, the RC Cola-Philippine Air Force Raiders pulled off what has not been done the previous six times in the women’s division of the 2014 Philippine SuperLiga Grand Prix presented by ASICS – beat the Petron Blaze Spikers. The Raiders did the deed in the afternoon of November 16 at the Cuneta Astrodome as they came out on top, 25-20, 25-20, 16-25, 25-22.
RC Cola-Air Force recovered from a lackluster third set to put away the erstwhile undefeated Blaze Spikers in the fourth frame. They smelled blood when Bonita Wise and Rhea Dimaculang tag teamed to block Dindin Santiago’s attack, 19-14, and forced Petron to utilize a timeout.
Nevertheless, Petron Blaze put up a fight as it tied the count at 22-all. But then, RC Cola-PAF finished it off with three straight points.
Although it is widely considered a big win, coach Rhovyl Verayo downplayed the achievement, remarking during the postmatch interview that what they did was just a lucky break. He mentioned that his squad still has to work on their third set as the Raiders have not won that frame since their straight-set victory against Foton on October 22.
Four volleybelles reached double figures for RC Cola-Air Force with Emily Brown leading the way with 17 points and Joy Cases coming in next with 14. Bonita Wise and Maika Ortiz had 13 and 11 markers respectively.
RC-PAF recovered from its five-set defeat to Foton the day before to improve to four wins and three losses. The airwomen will have their second back-to-back this Wednesday and Thursday.
Alaina Bergsma recovered from her off game last time out as she led Petron with 25 points with Dindin Santiago contributing 13. They will next face Foton on November 20.
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