Standard Insurance-Navy pounced on the erratic plays of a young Amy’s side to pull off a 25-17, 25-9, 25-14 win in the 2016 Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Filipino Conference women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan.
Pau Soriano led the charge, but it was a total team effort for the Corvettes, who are eyeing the fifth place after falling short of making the semifinals of this prestigious club tourney bankrolled by KLab Cyscorpions, Mueller, Mikasa and Asics with TV5 as broadcast partner.
Soriano, a former Adamson star in the UAAP, nailed 11 kills and a pair of aces to finish with a game-high 13 points while Florence Madulid and Lilet Mabbayad chipped in nine and seven points, respectively, for Standard Insurance-Navy, which punched its first win in the single-round classification battle for fifth to eighth places.
“Everybody’s motivated and played their best,” said Standard Insurance-Navy coach Nene Chavez, a proud member of the fabled national team that won the gold medal in the 1993 Southeast Asian Games in Singapore.
“Now that we have no chance of winning the title, we’re eyeing the best possible finish which is the fifth place. This will be a good achievement because this is our first time to join (the PSL).”
True enough, the Corvettes were a picture of determination all throughout the match that lasted for 72 minutes.
After easily claiming the first set, Standard Insurance-Navy’s blocking finally worked while Madulid and Soriano were sharp from the service box, finishing with five of the squad’s eight total aces.
From an 8-2 lead in the first technical timeout, the Corvettes never allowed the Spikers to recover as they buried them with a 13-point edge, 19-6, en route to an easy second set win.
Amy’s tried to fight back with an 8-5 lead in the third set, but its momentum slowly melted when Soriano and Madulid regained control.
“I liked our communication inside the court,” Chavez said. “If we will play our next few games the way we played today, things will be looking good for us.”
Lourdes Clemente, a 6-foot-4 middle blocker, finished with eight kills for a total of nine points while skipper Cindy Imbo had six markers for the Spikers, who remain luckless after finishing the first round without posting a single win.
Amy’s will have a chance to bounce back when it faces Cignal in the league’s second out-of-town gig at the De La Salle Lipa Sentrum this Thursday.
Also clashing were the top four teams in Foton, who will face RC Cola-Army, and F2 Logistics, which will battle reigning champion Petron.
De La Salle Lipa Sentrum
3 pm – Amy’s vs Cignal
5 pm – Foton vs RC Cola-Army
7 pm – F2 Logistics vs Petron