UVC downs PLDT to cap first round on high note

United Volleyball Club will be heading to the second round of the Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix 2019 on a high note as they chalked a convincing 25-18, 17-25, 25-21, 25-17 victory against the PLDT Fibr Power Hitters, Thursday night at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan.

Coming off a disappointing three-set beating from Petron, UVC found their way back to the win column after dispatching the Power Hitters to wrap the first round of eliminations with a win-loss 4-3 slate.

Yaasmeen Bedart-Ghani and Tai Manu-Olevao led the onslaught as they dropped 21 markers apiece for the Joshua Ylaya-mentored squad.

Bedart-Ghani tallied 18 kills, a pair of blocks, and an ace while Manu-Olevao, who only scored one point the last timeout, came out with 16 kills, three blocks, and two aces to lead UVC’s bounce back win.

UVC found their rhythm early in the pilot set for a 8-4 and 20-14 blitz before PLDT made a 0-4 run as Shola Alvarez put pressure on the former’s reception. Bedart-Ghani then took charge and poured three of UVC’s last five points.

Activating their middle, the Power Hitters maintained a three-point advantage before they surged to 6-1 run down the final ticks of the second frame. Both squads ground it out in the next set, with PLDT leading by one, 20-21, before UVC get away with the win off Bedart-Ghani’s heroics.

UVC waxed hot in the fourth for five unanswered points early in the set. Down by five, the Power Hitters clipped the deficit to just one, 10-9, before UVC’s blocking came alive for a game-high 20-11 cushion.

Alohi Robins-Hardy, who was sick two days ago, dished out 25 excellent sets to help UVC’s cause.

Asked how she was able to display stellar performance despite being sick just a few days ago, Alohi said, “I don’t know. Sometimes you just gotta push through. Push for your team and that’s all I did today.”

“Yesterday’s rest from practice helped for today and I just get a lot of rest, drink a lot of liquid and push through,” added Alohi, who chipped in seven points.

Grace Lazard uncorked team-high 18 hits while Kendra Dahlke dropped 15 points on a losing effort as PLDT absorbed their third loss in six outings.

(Image from PSL)

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