The Philippine Superliga Grand Prix campaign was far from smooth sailing for the Meralco Power Spikers, but the team came together to end the competition on the best possible note. Facing the RC Cola Airforce to determine the classification of the final two places in the standings, Ramil de Jesus’ troops relied on a balanced attack to win 25-21, 20-25, 25-23, 25-20.
The two teams split their two previous encounters, but the Power Spikers took control of the see-saw contest. Christina Alessi was a bright spot once again, leading the way with 13 points from 11 kills and two blocks.
Mika Reyes continued her fine form with an 11-point performance, one more than import Liis Kullerkann managed on the day. Kim Fajardo also impressed in the game, contributing 26 excellent sets as the Power Spikers secured fifth place in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix standings.
Although Meralco found victory elusive in their first eight outings, the young setter feels the competition will yield plenty of benefits for those in the team that are gearing up for the UAAP season.
“While our main objective is to win, we still hit our target because we gained tremendous experience which we can’t get from any other leagues,” said Fajardo, who will be a key cog for De La Salle University.
“Personally I am very satisfied with our performance. Although we didn’t win the crown, we still got exposure that led to our maturity as a team. It was such a learning experience for all of us. After the PSL, I think we are now ready for the UAAP.”