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Generika downs Iriga

  • Written by Peoples Tonight
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Games Saturday:

(Malolos Sports and

Convention Center)

4 p.m.  -- Iriga City vs. Cignal

6 p.m. -- F2 Logistics vs. Cocolife

GENERIKA-AYALA competed with limited personnel, but it didn’t matter as it still played an inspired
ballgame to hack a 25-16, 25-15, 25-21 victory over Iriga City in the Chooks To Go-Philippine
Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix yesterday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
    
Import Darlene Ramdin spent most of the time on the bench as the Lifesavers coasted to their
second victory in this prestigious club tourney bankrolled by Cignal, Mikasa, Senoh, Mueller, Grand
Sport, Rebisco, Island Rose, Cloudfone and UCPB Gen.
    
A national team member of Trinidad and Tobago, Ramdin was diagnosed with diarrhea, prompting
Generika-Ayala head coach Francis Vicente to give her very limited minutes of action in this battle
that also has Gold’s Gym and Gerflor as sponsors and ESPN5 as broadcast partner.
    
“She’s dehydrated,” said Vicente, who fielded Ramdin for a very brief period in the second
set. “But she’s now okay. We just don’t want to force her so she’ll be up and ready in our next game
against F2 Logistics next week.”
    
With Ramdin at sickbay, Croatian Katerina Pilepic picked the cudgels hounding and pounding the
Lady Oragons’ defense from start to finish.
    
Pilepic, the former Arizona star, finished with 15 kills, three aces and two blocks for 20
points while Angeli Araneta chipped in 13 markers for the Lifesavers, who marched into the warzone
with a fighting mindset despite the absence of their top spiker.
    
“It’s all about having the proper mindset,” said Vicente, who is also the head coach of the
women’s national team that campaigned in the Asian Senior Women’s Championship and the 29th Southeast
Asian Games recently.
    
“They were very motivated, relaxed and happy. They gained confidence and enjoyed the game.”
    
The Lifesavers were brilliant at the attack zone with 43 kills compared to the Lady Oragons’
28. They also ruled the block, 6-1, and service departments, 7-4, to underscore their dominance and
step back on the winning track after absorbing back-to-back losses.
    
Serbian import Tamara Kmezic was the lone bright spot on offense with 13 kills and a block for
15 points while Japanese spiker Saama Miyagawa had a quiet seven markers for the Lady Oragons, who are
trying to move on from the absence of star spiker Grethcel Soltones.
    
Soltones was slapped with a one-year ban and a hefty fine for playing in an exhibition match,
which is a violation in the PSL’s “one-league” policy.