Petron salvages bronze, nips Foton behind Rondina

Petron will not go home empty-handed as it salvaged bronze medal, beating Foton into submission in five sets, 28-26, 25-27, 25-21, 25-27, 15-12, Saturday in the Philippine SuperLiga (PSL) All Filipino Conference 2019 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Losing the crown following their semifinals loss from Cignal, the Blaze Spikers showed championship composure to secure third place and cap their campaign on a high note, denying the Tornadoes a podium finish.

Sisi Rondina carried the scoring cudgels for the Shaq delos Santos-mentored spikers, who wrapped up the all-local tourney with overall 15 victories and three losses.

Rondina exploded for 32 markers built on 29 kills, a couple of blocks and an ace as Petron survived its third five-set affair against Foton.

Down by four in the rubber set, Rondina took over and steered the Blaze Spikers to a 12-11 lead before she uncorked three straight points to clinch the win.

Petron started the match strong with a 7-0 run as Rhea Dimaculangan served hot while Rondina caught fire early.

Trailing by six, 7-13, Foton surged behind Jaja Santiago’s heroics to cut the deficit to one.

It was a nip-and-tuck affair from then on with Santiago keeping the Tornadoes afloat through the extra set points before the Blaze Spikers sealed the opening frame off a through-the-block kill from Rondina followed by Molina attack.

After erasing another 7-point deficit, Foton rallied behind Dindin Santiago-Manabat’s three straight kills in the late stretch of the second set.

Santiago unleashed a hit from the middle to hand her team the set point before Shaya Adorador put on the finishing touches with two consecutive kills.

As Foton’s defense sagged in the latter part of the set, it was Petron’s turn to show resiliency in the third set coming back from a 10-14 hole and pushing for a 5-point run to take the driver’s seat, 21-18.

Santiago-Manabat’s late set heroics propelled the Tornadoes after the Blaze Spikers knotted the fourth frame to 23 from three points down.

(Image from Facebook/Philippine SuperLiga)

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