PSL: Petron XCS downs F2 Logistics to book semis slot
MANILA, Philippines - Aiza Maizo-Pontillas and Bang Pineda of Petron XCS eliminated the Aby Marano and Danika Gendrauli-powered F2 Logistics Cargo Movers in the first quarterfinals match, 21-17, 21-16, to land the first semifinals spot in the women’s division of the Philippine Superliga Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup on Sunday, May 22, at SANDS SM by the Bay.
Just like Petron XCS, RC Cola Army A also made quick work of Petron Sprint 4T, 21-14, 21-11. Jovelyn Gonzaga and Nene Bautista dominated Frances Molina and Maica Morada from start to finish, joining the fight to bag a PSL championship.
“Naka adjust kami and nabasa naming ‘yong laro nila,” Gonzaga said.
(We were able to adjust and read their game.)
The pair were still able to pull an easy win despite Bautista having a minor jumper's knee injury. According to Gonzaga, her partner had a hard time training for the past week but expects to be in great shape just in time for the semifinal round.
On the other hand, the faceoff between FEU Petron and Standard Insurance Navy A was a nail-biting 3-set thriller. Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza of FEU Petron rallied late to force a third set and eventually pulled a come-from-behind win, 13-21, 22-20, 15-10, against Pau Soriano and Norie Jane Diaz.
“Masaya ako na nakuha namin ‘yong panalo kahit ang pangit ng first set namin,” said Pons.
(We’re happy that we won despite our bad start in the first set.)
She added that they managed to adjust by handing short balls to their opponent in the second set and it fortunately sealed the deal for them.
Cherry Rondina and Patty Orendain of Foton clinched the last semifinals spot by sweeping Gennie Sabas and Jennie Delos Reyes of the RC Cola Army B, 21-8, 21-14.
The women’s semifinals will kick off on Sunday, May 29, at the same venue. – Rappler.com