MANILA, Philippines — Generika-Ayala rallied from 1-2 set down with a dominant four-set romp then battled back from four down in the decider to repulse Foton, 25-23, 20-25, 21-25, 25-12, 15-13, and nail its second straight victory in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan last night.
Bang Pineda spearheaded the Lifesavers’ fightback in the last two frames, capping her heroics with an off-speed down the line shot after the Tornadoes yielded a costly point on a Jaja Santiago attack error.
Pineda finished with 20 points, including 18 attack points, while Patty Orendain scored 19 markers and came through with 18 excellent receptions. Skipper Angeli Araneta and Ria Meneses backed them up with 10 points each.
April Ross Hingpit produced 37 excellent sets on top of 18 digs and four points for the Lifesavers, who also drew 26 digs from Kat Arado to go 2-0 in the tournament.
“I told Bang to give full effort in her spikes because we’re facing a tall Foton team and Santiago kept on blocking her. She followed my instructions and hit the winning spike,” said Generika-Ayala coach Sherwin Meneses.