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Blaze Spikers take game 1

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Katherine Bell engineered a furious fightback as Petron recovered from a sluggish start to conquer a 23-25, 20-25, 25-15, 25-22, 15-9 victory over reigning champion F2 Logistics in game 1 of the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix best of three finals series at the Big Dome.

A late replacement for Hillary Hurley, Bell was at her best as she delivered the crucial blows for the Blaze Spikers, who drew the first blood in their title series.

She tallied 36 attacks, four aces and two blocks to finish with 42 points – the second highest offensive mark since Smart import Gyselle Silva exploded for league-record 56 points.

The Cargo Movers, however, still has a chance to even things out when they march to Game 2 tomorrow at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

“We know the quality of her game and tonight, she showed that she’s up to the challenge,” said Petron coach Shaq Delos Santos, referring to Bell, whose powerful performance in the fifth set completely broke the backs of the Cargo Movers.