Petron Seal Semi-final Spot with Power Spikers Win

The drought and struggle continue for the Meralco Power Spikers.

Fresh from a two-week break, the Power Spikers continued their skid in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix,as they bowed anew to the Petron Blaze Spikers in straight sets, 27-25, 25-20, 25-21, Thursday evening at the Arena in San Juan.

Hopes were high from coach Ramil de Jesus and his girls as they opened the match with a 16-11 lead over the league leaders following the second technical timeout, and 23-19 lead through Christina Alessi and Luis Kullerkann’s powerplay.

However, they slowly faded once again as Dindin Santiago-Manabat and import Rupia Inck started finding their mark to force extension and eventually take the set.

Disheartened after letting a big chance slip, the Power Spikers never recovered as the Blaze Spikers continued to pour in the hits while the Power Spikers’ offense came far and few in between.

The win officially put Petron in the semifinals.

“Posibleng yun ang turning point,” said Petron head coach George Pascua in their first set run.

“Pero sa mga ganung situation inaapply namin sa practice yun. Yung mga crucial points, ineensayo talaga namin,” he added.

Inck once again led the Blaze Spikers with 17 points while Santiago-Manabat added 12.

Alessi and Kullerkan combined for 20 markers while locals Mary Baron and Cha Cruz added seven apiece.

Though they remain winless in six games, the Power Spikers still have a chance at making the playoffs if they sweep their remaining four games. They’ll be facing Phillips Gold next this Saturday in the Spike On Tour fixture in Bulacan.

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