Singh, Power Hitters enter win column
IMUS CITY — PDT Home Fibr recovered from a rusty start to overcome Sta. Lucia, 22-25, 20-25, 25-16, 25-20, 15-8, and barge into the win column of the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at the Imus Sports Center here.
Jorelle Singh provided the spark, forcing the game into a deciding fifth set before going for the kill with a game-winning attack to tow the Power Hitters to their first win in two starts in this prestigious women’s club tourney bankrolled by Team Rebel Sports, SOGO, Eurotel, PCSO, Cocolife, UCPB Gen, Mueller, Senoh, Asics, Bizooku and One Sport.
Gretchel Soltones led the charge with 16 kills, two aces and a block for 19 points, 19 digs and 18 excellent receptions while Singh proved that she belonged as she fired 16 hits off the bench, much to the delight of seasoned mentor Roger Gorayeb.
“I was looking for the right combination. I already shuffled my whole lineup to find it. I’m glad that Jorelle delivered,” said Gorayeb, referring to Singh who was not part of the roster in the Grand Prix.
“Jorelle is not lucky to be part of this team. She deserves it because she’s really good. She can kill the ball and outplay the blockers despite being small.”
Joyce Sta. Rita and Shola Alvarez also stepped up with eight points apiece while setter Jasmine Nabor made 25 excellent sets and three points as PLDT bounced back back from their first loss to F2 Logistics, 15-25, 25-27-25, 22-25, last Tuesday.
The Lady Realtors dominated the first two sets but the Power Hitters stole the momentum and took control of the third and fourth set with bench player Singh stepping up and delivering the crucial blows.
Sta. Lucia completely collapsed in the fifth where it notched six of its 48 errors, allowing PLDT to mount an 11-4 lead that set the stage for Singh’s game-winning hit.
MJ Phillips put up 19 points while Rachel Austero had 17 and Pam Lastimosa chipped in 14 markers for the Lady Realtors, who also drew impressive performance from Joy Dacoron and Amanda Villanueva.
The Lady Realtors fell to 1-2.