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Urdas, Soltones combine to end Power Hitters’ woes

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PLDT Home Fibr pounced on struggling Sta. Lucia 20-25, 25-22, 27-25, 25-18, to snap its five-game losing streak in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at the Muntinlupa Sports Center.

Aiko Urdas and Grethcel Soltones showed the way for the Power Hitters, who also drew a strong support from their second stringer, to improve with a 3-6 win-loss record at the No. 6 spot in this prestigious women’s club tournament bankrolled by Team Rebel Sports, SOGO, Eurotel, PCSO, Cocolife, UCPB Gen, Mueller, Senoh, Asics, Bizooku and One Sport.

Urdas delivered with a game-high 20 point while Soltones came off the bench playing under the weather finishing with 10 points, highlighted by the match-winning hit in the fourth set, including nine excellent receptions.

Sasa Devanadera and Shola Alvarez added eight markers with the latter having 15 digs. Back-up setter Gel Cayuna dished out 17 excellent sets on top of three markers, while veteran libero Lizlee Pantone had 19 digs.

“I’m happy because we finally ended our losing streak because this conference has been hard for us. We’ve been struggling for the past games,” PLDT head coach Roger Gorayeb said.

“Everyone showed a great support today. Shola played well, Aiko did well offensively. I hope they will keep playing that way.”
Sta. Lucia gave up 37 errors unlike PLDT, which only had 19 miscues that mostly came from its first set loss.

The Power Hitters bucked a slow start eluding the Lady Realtors in a tight encounter in the next two sets, especially in the fourth frame where they squandered a 24-22 lead as Rachel Austero and Pam Lastimosa saved two set points before Austero committed a crucial service error and Soltones pushed her team with a 2-1 match advantage.

PLDT stepped on the gas in the fourth set with Alvarez scoring back-to-back hits for a 17-12 spread never looking back as Urdas, Soltones and Sta. Lucia’s errors ended their woes.

The Lady Realtors suffered their 10th straight loss in 11 outings despite MJ Phillips’s 19-point effort while Austero and Roselle Baliton added 13 and 10 points, respectively.