Generika-Ayala defeated handicapped Cignal 25-22, 25-20, 25-20 in the Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix on Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Foreigners Darlene Ramdin and Symone Hayden carried the fight for the Lifesavers, who sealed the seventh spot in the quarterfinals.
With that, Generika-Ayala now has to beat Petron twice in the next round to advance to the best-of-3 semifinals.
Meanwhile, top seed F2 Logistics will clash with No. 8 Smart; No. 3 Cocolife will tackle No. 6 Cignal; and No. 4 Foton will face No. 5 Sta. Lucia Realty.
The higher seeds in their respective pairings have a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals that begin Friday at General Trias Sports Center in Cavite.
A member of the Trinidad and Tobago national team, Ramdin delivered 16 of her team-high 17 points from kills while Hayden chipped in 13 attacks and a block to finish with 14 points for the Lifesavers, who took advantage of the HD Spikers’ erratic attacks after Bosnian import Sonja Milanovic suffered a right-ankle sprain early on.
“Her absence was a major blow for Cignal,” said Generika-Ayala head coach Sherwin Meneses shortly after closing the classification round with a 3-7 record.
“Sonja is a legitimate scorer and their top option on offense. Her absence limited their offensive options and gave us good opportunities defensively.”
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