Sta Lucia Snaps 10-Game Losing Streak At Expense of Marinerang Pilipina; Petron Wins Against PLDT Home Fibr

Games Tomorrow at FilOil Flying V Centre
4:00 p.m. — Generika-Ayala vs F2 Logistics
6:00 p.m. — Cignal vs Marinerang Pilipina

Sta. Lucia finally snapped its 10-game losing streak as it pulled off a 25-17, 25-19, 31-29 win over Marinerang Pilipina in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference yesterday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Veterans Amanda Villanueva and Pam Lastimosa led the charge for the Lady Realtors, who had to deploy bench player Glaudine Troncoso in the crucial stretch of the third set to complete the victory in this prestigious women’s club tournament bankrolled by Team Rebel Sports, SOGO, Eurotel, PCSO, Cocolife, UCPB Gen, Mueller, Senoh, Asics, Bizooku and One Sport.

Villanueva delivered nine kills and four blocks for 13 points while Lastimosa chipped in 11 points and 10 digs for Sta. Lucia, whose first – and only – victory came at the expense of the Lady Skippers in the opening day.

But it was Troncoso, who was fielded only in the latter part of the third set, who kept the Lady Realtors afloat as she delivered the killer blows amid a furious rally waged by the Lady Skippers.

“I want to acknowledge my players who went through a lot of losses, but didn’t give up,” said Sta. Lucia coach Babes Castillo, whose wards improved to 2-10 win-loss card.

“We wanted to solve it and find a way to stop our losing streak. In fact we really wanted to win in straight sets. They showed their composure in this game.”

After taking control of the first two sets, Sta. Lucia squandered a 23-20 lead from Troncoso’s back-to-back attacks as Judith Abil and Chiara Permentilla lifted Marinerang Pilipina at set point, 25-24.

The Lady Realtors reached four match points only for their errors that kept the Lady Skippers forcing deuces until Troncoso scored her eighth point for a 30-29 lead followed by Abil’s attack error.

Marinerang Pilipina head coach Ron Dulay challenged a block touch but it was clear that Abil’s attack was too long.

Abil had 13 points laced with 13 digs and seven excellent receptions while Permentilla added 10 markers only for the Lady Skippers who remain winless in nine starts.

In the second game, defending champion Petron made a short work of PLDT Home Fibr, 25-19, 25-15, 25-9, to keep its hold of the solo second place.

Sisi Rondina made it to the starting roster and delivered 12 points laced with 20 digs while Aiza Maizo-Pontillas was also instrumental with 10 points for the Blaze Spikers, who cruised to their seventh straight victory.

Middle blockers Mika Reyes and Remy Palma chipped in nine points apiece while Ces Molina added eight markers and had 12 digs. Rhea Dimaculangan paced the team with 18 excellent sets as Petron tightened its grip of the second place with 9-1 win-loss card.

The Power Hitters struggled in the attack department with only 25 kills contrary to the Blaze Spikers, who waxed hot with 47 hits.

Aiko Urdas had eight points while setter Jasmine Nabor added six markers for the Power Hitters, who dropped to 3-7 card.