MANILA, Philippines – Sta. Lucia came out on top in a battle of winless teams as the Lady Realtors hacked out a 25-19, 25-21, 25-19 victory over Victoria Sports-UST in the Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.
Imports Bohdana Anisova and Marisa Field combined for 24 points, while former University of Santo Tomas (UST) star Pam Lastimosa contributed 11 points for Sta. Lucia.
The Tigresses were able to remain competitive in the early goings, but the Lady Realtors ultimately pulled away in the end of every set as they pounced on the less-experienced UST squad.
"Siguro may kulang pa," said Lastimosa, who scored nine of her points off kills, of her former team. "They (UST) are really fighting, and they're striving inside the court. I can see their effort. Siguro kasi isa lang ang import nila, but they're very good naman."
Sta. Lucia put up a wall at the net as they tallied eight blocks against only two for UST. They also had seven aces to UST's four.
Despite the win, Sta. Lucia Realty head coach Jerry Yee said the Lady Realtors still have to work on minimizing their errors and solidifying their defense to survive in this grueling journey.
"Madami pa rin kaming errors and lapses. Hindi pa rin nagko-connect ang setter at middle hitters natin. Buti na lang nandiyan ‘yung ibang imports natin na kayang-kaya ‘yung outside hits," said Yee.
The win over UST was Sta. Lucia's first after losing their first three games.
"Ang hirap noon kapag natalo pa kami. So, kahit papaano may kaunting pressure doon. We needed a win so we got a win," said Yee. "Ito ang mga baby steps namin, so we'll take it."
Dimdim Pacres scored nine points while Carla Sandoval and Caitlyn Viray tallied eight markers each for the Golden Tigresses, who remained winless in three games.
Meanwhile, Petron secured the top spot by handing Foton's first defeat 25-21, 25-22, 12-25, 25-20 of the tournament.
Americans Lindsay Stalzer and Hillary Hurley powered the Blaze Spikers to their 5th win in 6 starts while sending the Tornadoes to their first loss in 5 games.
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