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First win

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Games tomorrow

(Filoil Flying V Centre)

4:15 p.m. -- Cocolife vs. Iriga City

7 p.m. -- Generika-Ayala vs. F2 Logistics

STA. LUCIA Realty finally barged into the win column as it completed a short work of Victoria Sports-
University of Santo Tomas, 25-19, 25-21, 25-19, yesterday  in the Chooks to-Go-Philippine Superliga
(PSL) Grand Prix at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The Lady Realtors banked on the trio of Ukranian reinforcement Dana Anisova, Canadian Marisa
Field and local star Pam Lastimosa in clinching their first victory in this prestigious club league
bankrolled by Mikasa, Senoh, Mueller, Grand Sport, Rebisco, Island Rose, Cloudfone and UCPB Gen.
    
Anisova fired 11 kills for 13 points while Field and Lastimosa chipped in 11 markers apiece
for the Lady Realtors, who dominated the blocking department, 8-2, in this battle that also has Gold’s
Gym and Gerflor as technical sponsors and ESPN5 as the official broadcast partner.
    
Despite the win, Sta. Lucia Realty head coach Jerry Yee said the Lady Realtors still have to
work on minimizing their errors and solidifying their defense to survive in this grueling journey.
    
“Madami pa rin kaming errors and lapses then, hindi pa rin nagko-connect ang setter at middle
hitters natin. Buti nalang nandiyan ‘yung ibang imports natin na kayang-kaya ‘yung outside hits.”
    
“Ang hirap noon kapag natalo pa kami. So, kahit papaano may konting pressure doon. We needed a
win so we got a win,” he added.
    
“Ito ang mga baby steps namin so we’ll take it.”
    
Dimdim Pacres scored nine points while Carla Sandoval and Caitlyn Viray tallied eight markers
each for the Golden Tigresses, who remained listless in three outings.
    
Foton and Petron, two heavily-favored teams in the league, is still playing at presstime.
    
Foton’s gem of an import in former Most Valuable Player (MVP) Lindsay Stalzer had crossed
lines and joined Petron, together with fellow American Hillary Hurley and Japanese Yuri Fukuda. Petron
also has a solid core of local stars in Rhea Dimaculangan, Sisi Rondina, Mika Reyes, Aiza Maizo-
Pontillas, Remy Palma, Frances Molina and Ria Meneses.
    
The Tornadoes also launched a massive buildup tapping three Eastern European imports in Sara
Klisura and Katarina Vukamanovic of Serbia and Dragana Perunicnic of Montenegro to join head coach
Moro Branislav and local crew of Jaja Santiago, Maika Ortiz, Jen Reyes and EJ Laure.
    
The Blaze Spikers, for their part, won their first three games before suffering a four-set
loss to another powerhouse in F2 Logistics last week in Bacolod City. But they quickly regained their
composure as they prevailed over Victoria Sports-UST, 25-16, 25-14, 25-14.
    
Meantime, the pressure has mounted for coach Parley Tupaz and the Iriga imports as they try to
get back on track in the Super Liga Grand Prix.
    
Now they gear up for battle against Cocolife tomorrow at 4:15 p.m. and Tupaz hopes to get big
numbers from the locals including Reynelen Ratera and Katherine Villegas.