The Meralco Power Spikers have their backs against the wall in their battle for third place in the first conference of the Shakey’s V-League, but there remains hope to turn things around, particularly after the players pushed Cagayan Valley to the limit in every set. The game ended in a tight 25-24, 25-21, 25-23, at the San Juan Arena on Thursday.
Middle spiker Faye Guevarra paced the team with 14 points, with Aby Maraño following with nine of her own. Janine Marciano was the thorn from the opposition as she managed 17 big points, one of three who had double figures from Cagayn.
Meralco needs to win Sunday’s game to push the series to a third and final encounter, and considering the record between the two teams this season, the odds are stacked against Brian Esquibel’s side. Yesterday’s defeat was the third straight-sets loss against the Lady Rising Suns in this conference.
Despite the trend, though, the last duel between the two will be highly encouraging for Meralco. The Power Spikers held the lead late in all three sets, before costly reception errors handed the Lady Rising Suns the advantage. A small tightening of the defense, and awareness late in sets, could be be the final piece to solving the Cagayan puzzle.
And although disappointed in the result, the Power Spikers remain upbeat and defiant, ready to tangle with the Lady Rising Suns again on Sunday, 9am, at the San Juan Arena. The encounter starts a busy day for One Meralco Sports, with the Meralco Bolts facing Barako Bull, 3pm, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, and the Loyola Meralco Sparks capping the night with an 8:30 kickoff at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.