MANILA, Philippines – Kendra Dahlke showcased her power in PLDT Home Fibr's thrilling 25-21, 20-25, 29-27, 13-25, 15-12 victory over Generika-Ayala in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Dahlke delivered 27 kills, two blocks and an ace to finish with a conference-best 30 points on top of 16 digs for the Power Hitters, who stepped back on the winning column after finishing the first round with three wins in seven games.
PLDT head coach Roger Gorayeb praised the impressive performance of his wards, especially in the heart-stopping third set where they gamely matched the firepower and defensive intensity of the Lifesavers.
After carrying the cudgels in the third where the Power Hitters clawed back from a 17-23 cushion to turn the set, 27-26, Dahlke poured six points in the deciding fifth set to essay the victory.
"Kendra was tremendous, especially in the third set. Her offense was truly a big help for us," said Gorayeb after plucking their fourth win.
"It's what we need from her. Good thing she played well today," he added. "I think this is her best game so far."
Grace Lazard, PLDT's other import, had 18 points with 10 excellent receptions, while Aiko Urdas (11 points) and Shola Alvarez (10) also reached double-digits.
Setter Jasmine Nabor dished out 28 excellent sets while libero Lizlee Pantone protected the floor with 27 digs and 16 excellent receptions.
The Lifesavers, for their part, lost for the seventh time in eight games.
Thai import Kanjana Kuthaisong had 27 points, including 16 excellent receptions, while Fiola Ceballos and Kseniya Kocyigit added 18 and 17 points, respectively, for Generika-Ayala.
Bia General was also impressive with 43 digs and 15 excellent receptions in a losing effort.
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