PSL: Generika-Ayala seeks second straight win

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Posted at Oct 26 2017 06:09 AM

Generika-Ayala will try to get a second win on Thursday against Cignal. Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – After barging into the win column with a thrilling win over Cocolife, Generika-Ayala will try to put together a winning streak when they return to action in the Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix on Thursday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Generika-Ayala clashes with Cignal at 7 p.m., following the curtain-raiser between powerhouse Petron and Sta. Lucia Realty at 4:15 p.m.

After absorbing a dismal straight-set loss to Petron over the weekend, Generika-Ayala made a massive rebound as it pulled off a thrilling 25-11, 23-25, 16-25, 25-13, 15-9 victory over Cocolife late Tuesday.

In that match, import Darlene Ramdin came through with some clutch hits while Katarina Pilepic was on fire at the attack zone as the Lifesavers shattered an 8-8 deadlock before stepping on the gas and going for the kill.

Ramdin and Pilepic walked into the night with 25 markers apiece while the superb blocking of Gen Casugod and Chloe Cortez as well as the great floor coverage of libero Kat Arado kept the Lifesavers afloat in the crucial stretch of the nail-biting match.

"Good things happen when we’re having fun. So I told the girls to just relax and enjoy the game," said Generika-Ayala coach Francis Vicente.

"But our job is not yet done. We have to get a good rest and prepare for Cignal on Thursday. We know that Cignal is such a strong team. We have to be at our best against them."

Vicente knows that winning over the HD Spikers will not be easy. Cignal has acquired the services of a pair of strong blockers in Australian national team captain Beth Carey and American Alexis Matthews, while also adding Japanese libero Mami Miyashita.

They got off to a poor start in the Grand Prix, however, bowing to two-time defending champion Foton.

Still, Cignal coach George Pascua saw plenty of promise from his team.

"I liked the way we played," said Pascua, the architect of Petron’s historic 13-0 sweep of the All-Filipino Conference in 2015. "But we have to do some adjustments on our gameplan, especially on offense."

Aside from Carey and Matthews, the HD Spikers will also bank on wing spikers Rachel Anne Daquis, Royse Tubino, Paneng Mercado, Janine Marciano and Jovelyn Gonzaga to provide fireworks on offense.

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