Generika-Ayala remained in the hunt for a semifinals seat in the Belo Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitational Conference after it fashioned out a 25-21, 25-13, 25-16 win over newcomer Sta. Lucia yesterday at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex.
After a sluggish start, the Lifesavers waxed hot in the second and third sets to blast the Lady Realtors and improve their chances in the next round of this club tourney backed by Mikasa, Senoh, Asics and Mueller with TV5 as official broadcast partner.
The Lifesavers now parade a 2-2 win-loss card and a victory over unbeaten Petron in the final playing day of the eliminations on Thursday will give them a fighting chance to make it to the next round.
Only the top three teams will advance to the semifinals where they will face a guest team from Japan in a single-round robin that will determine the victor in this ultimate battle.
“Although it would take a miracle for us to get in (the semifinals), we’re very optimistic we can make it,” said Generika-Ayala coach Francis Vicente, who is also the head coach of the national women’s team in the 29th Southeast Asian Games and the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Championship.
“Maganda ang inilalaro ng mga bata. Alam ko na gagawin nila para makapasok sa semis.”
Angeli Araneta spearheaded the attack as she finished with 11 kills and a block for 14 points while skipper Gen Casugod and Mikaela Lopez delivered nine markers apiece for the Lifesavers, who obviously banked on their vast experience in putting away the young Lady Realtors.