PSL: Petron rolls to 13th straight victory


Posted at Mar 28 2019 05:14 PM

Stephanie Niemer of Petron tries to save the ball in their game against Sta. Lucia. Handout photo

MANILA, Philippines – Powerhouse Petron just keeps rolling in the 2019 Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix, this time powering past Sta. Lucia in straight sets on Thursday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The Blaze Spikers notched a 25-21, 25-12, 25-20 conquest for their 13th consecutive victory in the Grand Prix.

With imports Stephanie Niemer and Katherine Bell leading the way, the Blaze Spikers matched the 13-match winning streak that they had when they won the All-Filipino title in 2015 and 2017.

Niemer fired 17 kills, three blocks and three aces to finish with 23 points while Bell dropped 12 kills for a 13-point effort and Mika Reyes finished with seven for Petron.

The Blaze Spikers can sweep the preliminaries with another win over United VC on Saturday.

"We're happy that we were able to match what we accomplished last conference," said Petron coach Shaq delos Santos, who was an assistant when the Blaze Spikers swept the All-Filipino in 2015.

"I'm very proud not because we stayed undefeated in 13 games, but because all the hardships in games and trainings are worth it," he added. "But we have to continue what we're performing until we reach our goal."

Casey Schoenlein and Molly Lohman carried the cudgels with 12 and eight points, respectively, for the Lady Realtors, who dropped to 2-10.

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