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PSL: Game 1 loss fueled Petron’s title bid

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Losing Game 1 turned out to be a blessing for the Petron Blaze Spikers as they willed themselves to go all out in capturing the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix crown before a huge Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Head coach Shaq Delos Santos admitted that after absorbing the loss to F2 Logistics, he presided over an open forum session to give the players a chance to air their sentiments and recommit to the task at hand.

San Miguel Corporation sports director Alfrancis Chua (left) joins the victorious Petron Blaze Spikers following their back-to-back title-clinching Game 3 victory over F2 Logistics last Saturday in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Finals at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

San Miguel Corporation sports director Alfrancis Chua (left) joins the victorious Petron Blaze Spikers following their back-to-back title-clinching Game 3 victory over F2 Logistics last Saturday in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Finals at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The meeting became emotional with American imports Stephanie Niemer and Katherine Bell vowing to deliver to lead the Blaze Spikers to a back-to-back titles.

Niemer and Bell fulfilled their promise as they powered the Blaze Spikers to a 26-24, 25-19, 23-25, 25-19 victory in Game 3 to formally clinch their sixth title.

Niemer lit up the scoreboard with 31 points while Bell chipped in 16 markers for the Blaze Spikers.

Niemer, the hard-serving Kentucky native, emerged as Best Scorer and Most Valuable Player.

Bell took the Best Opposite Spiker diadem while Rhea Dimaculangan was named Best Setter.

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