Undermanned Generika still too much for Iriga City


Posted at Nov 09 2017 06:51 PM

Croatian Katarina Pilepic of Generika-Ayala smashes an attack over the two-woman block of Iriga City. Josh Albelda, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – Despite competing with limited personnel, Generika-Ayala still had enough in their arsenal to cruise to a 25-16, 25-15, 25-21 victory over Iriga City in the Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix on Thursday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Import Darlene Ramdin spent most of the game on the bench due to diarrhea, but the Lifesavers still coasted to their second consecutive victory.

"She's dehydrated," said Generika coach Francis Vicente, who sent Ramdin for a brief stint in the second set but subbed her out almost immediately. 

"But she's now okay," he added. "We just don't want to force her, so she'll be up and ready in our next game against F2 Logistics next week."

With Ramdin at sickbay, it was Croatian Katerina Pilepic who did most of the heavy lifting for the Lifesavers against the Lady Oragons.

Pilepic, the former Arizona star, finished with 15 kills, three aces and two blocks for 20 points while Angeli Araneta chipped in 13 markers for the Lifesavers.

"It's all about having the proper mindset. They were very motivated, relaxed, and happy. They gained confidence and enjoyed the game," said Vicente of his team.

The Lifesavers tallied 43 kills compared to only 28 for the Lady Oragons. They also had more blocks, 6-1, and aces, 7-4, to regain their winning ways after losing two straight matches.

Serbian import Tamara Kmezic was the lone bright spot on offense with 13 kills and a block for 15 points while Japanese spiker Saama Miyagawa had a quiet seven markers for the Lady Oragons, who are trying to move on from the absence of star spiker Grethcel Soltones.

(For more sports coverage, visit the ABS-CBN Sports website.)