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Niemer, Bell power Blaze Spikers to 13th straight win


Petron notched its 13th straight win following a 25-21, 25-12, 25-20 conquest of Sta. Lucia in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Imports Stephanie Niemer and Katherine Bell led the way for the Blaze Spikers, who matched the 13-game winning streak that they posted when they won the All-Filipino title in 2015 and 2017.

Niemer fired 17 kills, three blocks and three aces to finish with 23 points while Bell dropped 12 kills for a 13-point effort and Mika Reyes finished with seven for Petron, which has to win over United VC on Saturday to complete its sweep of the preliminaries.

“We’re happy that we were able to match what we accomplished last conference,” said Petron head coach Shaq Delos Santos, who was an assistant coach when the Blaze Spikers notched a sweep of the All-Filipino in 2015.

“I’m very proud not because we stayed undefeated in 13 games, but because all the hardships in games and trainings are worth it.”
“But we have to continue what we’re performing until we reach our goal. Sure, we won 13 straight games but I think there’s still a lot of room for improvement.”

Casey Schoenlein and Molly Lohman carried the cudgels with 12 and eight points, respectively, for the Lady Realtors, who dropped to 2-10.