PSL: Petron wins second straight, SLR drops back-to-back games

Mark Escarlote, ABS-CBN Sports

Posted at Oct 26 2017 08:41 PM

American import Lindsay Stalzer of Petron dropped 29 points in the Lady Blazers' second straight win. Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN Sports

Unbeaten Petron recovered from a third set slump to turn back Sta. Lucia, 27-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-14, Thursday night in the 2017 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. 

The Blaze Spikers rediscovered their service reception that was missing in the third frame to build an early lead in the fourth and cruise to their second straight win in as many outings.

“Sa amin good thing lang na naka-survive kami kahit na honestly speaking hindi yun ang gusto naming makita,” said Petron coach Shaq Delos Santos. “Pero good thing nako-control namin and nanalo pa rin kami.”

American imports Lindsay Stalzer and Hillary Hurley uncorked 29 and 27 points, respectively, to lead Petron, which hammered 70 kills.

Stalzer scored all but one of her points from attacks while Hurley got 25 spikes while adding 10 digs and 10 excellent receptions for the Lady Blazers.

Mika Reyes added 11 points while setter Rhea Dimaculangan tallied 34 excellent sets. 

After controlling the first two sets, Petron dipped in its performance in the third as the Lady Blazers fell behind, 18-20. Petron fought back to take a 22-20 lead only to see the Lady Realtors take next five points capped by back-to-back kill blocks by 6-foot-5 SLR Canadian reinforcement Marisa Field. 

“(Sa third set) I think yung mga lapses no. 1 ay yung service saka yung receive. ‘Yun talaga kapag wala kaming receive,” said Delos Santos, whose squad will face Cignal HD on Saturday. “Saka kasi yung blocking nila (Lady Realtors) solid, ang gaganda and ang lalaki rin ng ma imports nila.”

The Lady Realtors dropped its second straight match and remained winless despite the 17-point debut of Ukranian Bohdana Anisova.

Field got 14 markers while Mar-Jana Phillips and Rialen Sante finished with 13 and 11 points, respectively, for Sta. Lucia.

This story was originally published on the ABS-CBN Sports website.