MANILA, Philippines – United Volleyball Club banked on Filipino-American star Kalei Mau and import Yaasmeen Bedart-Ghani to defeat the skidding Cignal HD squad, 14-25, 25-21, 25-21, 26-24, in the 2019 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix on Tuesday.
Mau and Bedart-Ghani fired 19 points each as United VC returned to the win column following a sorry loss to F2 Logistics in its previous game.
United VC had to survive a 29-point explosion from Cignal import Erica Wilson to claim the victory.
Bedart-Ghani delivered the winning spikes that completed their fourth set comeback from a 21-23 deficit to finish with 14 kills, three blocks, and an ace, while Mau scored 18 of her 19 points from kills on top of a superb defensive effort with 14 digs and 14 excellent receptions.
"I'm proud of how the girls stayed composed. The girls talked among themselves," said United VC head coach Joshua Ylaya, whose wards improved to a 5-4 win-loss slate.
"We're starting zero-zero again, that was a fluke. Let's start anew and I'm glad that they responded right away," he added.
Ylaya also gave credit to Amy Ahomiro, who delivered the crucial service when they were down to 21-23 in the fourth set before import Tai Manu-Olevao scored back-to-back hits to tie the set.
Wilson tried to pump life into the HD Spikers, but an error from Ana Artemeva and the winning hits of Bedart-Ghani allowed United VC to escape with a win.
"The coaching staff is just proud on how they handled that last stretch in the fourth set. Credits to the serving of Ahomiro, we have to serve strong in that crucial moment and she did well that made our offensive transition smooth," said Ylaya.
Manu-Olevao was also instrumental with 10 points while setter Alohi Robins-Hardy dished out 31 excellent sets, 16 digs, and three markers.
Artemeva backed Wilson with 12 points while Jheck Dionela protected the floor with 30 digs and 19 excellent receptions for Cignal, which absorbed its third straight loss with a 5-6 card.
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