The struggle continues for Meralco in the 2015 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix. The Power Spikers absorbed their second straight defeat, this time at the hands of defending champions Petron Blaze Spikers 25-14, 25-15, 25-19, Tuesday afternoon at The Arena in San Juan.
Reception was once again a problem for the girls of coach Ramil de Jesus as they gave away a total of 11 aces to the Blaze Spikers.
To add the team’s woes, the Power Spikers also committed a total of 19 errors, minimal compared to the 31 they had in the first game, but they got totally outclassed in the scoring department 37-24.
Rupia Inck scattered 15 points for the Blaze Spikers, while returning import, Erika Adachi, had seven points to couple her 15 excellent sets.
The two were a total contrast to the Power Spikers’ reinforcements, Christina Alessi and Liis Kullerkan, who did not enjoy the same success in their first outing, combining for just seven points in limited minutes.
“Kulang tayo sa anticipation. Puro tayo hintay sa bola, hindi natin naiisip kung paano i-set ng kalaban yung bola. Lagi talaga tayong mahuhuli diyan,” said Meralco coach Ramil de Jesus, pointing out the team’s clear area for improvement.
For Petron coach George Pascua, the most important thing is that they made the necessary adjustments following their shock loss to Cignal in their opening game, something that Meralco fell short of doing in their encounter.
“Yung mga kulang namin ng first game, service, receive, at blocking, yun ang naimprove namin sa training. Hopefully magtuloy-tuloy na ito,” Pascua said.
Cha Cruz led the Power Spikers with 12 points, but failed to get the necessary support from her teammates.
Meanwhile, Petron benefited from the firepower of Dindin Santiago-Manabat, who scored 12 points, while Ces Molina and Rachel Daquis chipped in seven apiece.