STA. Lucia Realty sent powerhouse Petron reeling in defeat with a masterful 25-18, 25-21, 25-17 conquest yesterday in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Lady Spikers pounced hard on the cold and sluggish Blaze Spikers from the start en route to a massive victory in this prestigious women’s club tourney bankrolled by Isuzu and UCPB Gen with ESPN5 as official broadcast partner.
With the win, the Lady Realtors now fashion a 4-5 win-loss card, giving it a slight chance of stealing one of the four twice-to-beat incentives in the quarterfinal round of this battle that also has Senoh, Mikasa, Asics, LGR and Grand Sport as technical sponsors.
Sta. Lucia, however, has to beat winless Smart while hoping that Cocolife (5-3) would drop its next two matches in the classification phase.
“Whatever happens, this win is a huge morale-booster for us,” said Pascua, who is very familiar with the Blaze Spikers after guiding them to a sweep of the All-Filipino Conference in 2015.
Ukrainian reinforcement Dana Anisova delivered 13 kills and an ace to finish with 14 points while MJ Philips and Marisa Field chipped in 13 and 10 markers, respectively, for the Lady Realtors, who marched to the battlefield in with fire in their eyes despite knowing that the Blaze Spikers have yet to lose in their first eight games.
“I told them that all of you are volleyball players. Whoever has the desire will definitely get the victory,” said Pascua.