Generika-Ayala banked on its red-hot attacks and solid services to make short work of Cocolife, 25-18, 26-24, 25-24, and end its campaign in the Belo Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitational Conference on a high note yesterday at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan.
Patty Orendain and Gen Casugod were impressive while Fiola Ceballos remained consistent for the Lifesavers who settled for a fourth-place finish in this prestigious women’s volleyball club tourney bankrolled by Asics, Mikasa, Mueller and Senoh with TV5 as official broadcast partner.
Cignal is still facing Foton while Petron and guest team Kobe Shinwa Women’s University are locked in a fierce battle at press time to determine their final standinga in this tourney that also has UCPB Gen as official insurance provider and Gold’s Gym as official fitness partner.
Orendain fired 13 attacks to finish with 15 points while Casugod had 13 markers laced with three aces to underscore the Lifesavers’ dominance at the attack zone, 43-29, and at the service box, 6-2.
Despite the impressive showing, Generika-Ayala coach Francis Vicente said the season-opening tourney served as an eye-opener as they prepare for the major battles – the All-Filipino Conference and the Grand Prix – set later in the year.
“Actually, we need to train more,” said Vicente, who is set to guide the national women’s team to the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Club Championship and the 29th Southeast Asian Games this August.