PSL: PLDT sweeps, Petron gets first win, Systema to the finals
MANILA, Philippines – As the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix is approaching the finish line, the PLDT myDSL Speed Boosters are looking like strong candidates to bag the conference title.
Cementing their dominance in the elimination rounds, PLDT bested the Cagayan Valley Lady Rising Suns in a 4-set thriller, 25-16, 25-17, 22-25, 26-24, on Sunday, December 1 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
The win allowed PLDT to sweep the eliminations with a 5-0 slate and secure the top seed as well as a semi-finals berth.
PLDT was led by American import Savannah Noyes with 23 markers as they zoomed to 2-0 set advantage over Cagayan.
Cagayan, however, was determined to put up a good fight as they took the third set, 25-22, and extended the contest to a fourth period before PLDT bounced back quickly to secure the win.
Cagayan's import Patcharee Saengmuang led them with 18 points as they finished the eliminations with a 3-2 slate.
Petron vs RC Cola
Meanwhile, in a battle between two teams desperately looking for an elusive first win, the Petron Blaze Spikers had the last say over the hapless RC Cola Raiders.
In an exhilarating game that went the distance, Petron showed tremendous character to snag one from RC Cola via a 20-25, 19-25, 25-21, 25-12, 15-5 win.
The Raiders led 2 sets to none and appeared to finally be on their way to breaking into the win column. But Petron managed to regroup in the third canto, with their performance and energy holding up until the final set, where they clobbered RC Cola, 15-5.
Former Ateneo Lady Eagle Dzi Gervacio was a force for Petron with 15 points.
Systema marches to the Finals
Lastly, the Systema Active Smashers romped their way to the finals, coming from behind to dismantle the Gilligan's Sisig Kings in another 5-setter, 19-25, 19-25-19, 25-22, 25-23, 15-11.
Gilligan's also had the advantage of 2 sets before Systema woke up and went on high gear from the middle of the third period.
Riding on the double digit outputs of Chris Macasaet (18), AJ Pareja (16), Sylvester Honrade (15), Patrick Rojas (14), and Angelo Espiritu (12), along with a team total of 13 blocks, Systema never gave the Sisig Kings another inch all the way to the final set.
With the win, System is the first team in the men's division to enter the finals. - with reports from Jane Bracher/Rappler.com