Generika Take Top Spot in Group B

Generika saved the best for last as it eked out a thrilling 19-25, 25-22, 25-22, 23-25, 15-7 victory over Cignal in the nightcap.

Middle spiker Gen Casugod and Chloe Cortez had impressive performances powering the Lifesavers in the crucial stretch to escape with the hard-earned win.

With the victory, Generika claimed the 5th place while Cignal settled for the 6th.

Petron and RC Cola-Army will figure in the battle for 3rd place while F2 Logistics and Foton clash in Game 1 of their best-of-three finals showdown on Thursday.

Casugod, a former Far Eastern University star, was a force to be reckoned with as she tallied 17 kills and three blocks for a 20-hit effort while Cortez punched 14 of her 16 points on kills.

Spikers Ria Meneses, Wensh Tiu and Shaya Adorador also churned impressive numbers as they combined for 38 points while seasoned setter Rubie de Leon had 34 excellent sets.

“For a team that was formed for only two months, finishing 5th is already an achievement,” said Generika coach Francis Vicente.

“The players need to adapt to the pressure given by each and everyone to be able to perform at a higher level. That’s something we need to overcome.”

Cherry Vivas notched 17 of her 19 points on kills while Jeanette Panaga was a monster finishing 14 points laced with 11 blocks for Cignal, which was billed as a team to beat in the preseason for having the core of reigning NCAA champion College of Saint Benilde.

Finals Schedule

All games are at the Filoil Flying V Centre, San Juan
Aug 11
4pm RC Cola Army vs Petron (battle for 3rd)
6pm Foton vs F2 Logistics (Finals game 1)

Aug 13
2:30pm Foton vs F2 Logistics (Finals game 2)

Aug 14
4pm Foton vs F2 Logistics (finals game 3 if needed)

Tickets are not numbered and you can buy at the gate or at SM Tickets or online at smtickets.com. P100 (gen ad), P150 (lower box), P250 (court side). All games are live on AksyonTV, Cignal’s Hyper and sports5.ph livestream.