Power Spikers Push Philips Gold but Fall Short

Despite the recent struggles in the 2015 Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix, the Meralco Power Spikers have displayed a battling resolve. The latest outing against the Philips Gold Lady Slammers, saw coach Ramil de Jesus’ side play a second tight thriller in the last five days. Although the sets were decided by extremely fine margins, the Power Spikers yielded their fifth loss in as many games, 25-19, 21-25, 27-25, 25-23, at the Cuneta Astrodome on Tuesday night.

Still reeling from a straightforward defeat at the hands of the league leading Cignal HD, the first set was settled with minimal fuss by Philips Gold, who had American Bojana Todorovic leading the way. She finished with 23 points on the evening, with a staggering 22 kills.

The second set was a different story, with Meralco coming alive to even the score. Liis Kullerkann was once again the focal point of the attack, with Mika Reyes providing solid support. The two finished the game with 16 and 11 points, respectively.

Taking the momentum into the second set, the Power Spikers, looked primed to snatch the lead. But the Lady Slammers displayed the quality that made them among the preseason favorites, staying resolute under pressure to scrape through the third set.

Meralco found balanced support from Christina Alessi (9), Cha Cruz (7), Mary Joy Baron (7), and Kim Fajardo (6), but it just wasn’t enough in the deciding set, which Philips Gold once again claimed with the minimum margin. The victory was the second for the Lady Slammers, who have suffered only a solitary defeat so far.

“We’re now starting to jell,” said Philips Gold coach Francis Vicente. “Although we still have some lapses as some of them tend to experiment whenever we’re ahead, I still like what I saw because they proved that we can fight back whenever the game is on the line. We just need to strategize some more.”

“We still have some miscommunication inside, but at least we’re getting there. I think we’re 25 or 10 percent away from getting there.”

The Meralco Power Spikers remain winless in the PSL Grand Prix so far, and will take an extended break, before returning to action against Petron on November 5.

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