PH women’s volley team dominates Smart-Army
Games Tomorrow (Muntinlupa Sports Center) best.”
“Hopefully, this is the start of the good relationship of the team.”
Jaja Santiago led the way with 15 points off 12 kills including seven excellent receptions while Mylene Paat, MJ Phillips and Maika Ortiz chipped in seven points apiece for the Nationals, who also drew impressive numbers from Dindin SantiagoManabat and CJ Rosario.
But the day belonged to Rebecca Rivera, who was named as player of the game after pacing the team with 23 excellent sets on top of nine digs and four points.
Libero Denden Lazaro was also instrumental with 12 digs and seven excellent receptions.
Delos Santos added that although they are still far from their best form for the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta this August, they still gained a lot of experience from the PSL.
“We learned to accept whatever we have in each game and no matter what happens. The players learned to adjust even when we’re not complete,” he said.
After easily taking the first two sets, the Nationals squandered an 8-4 start in the third set allowing the Giga Hitters to nail 11 of the next 13 points for a 15-10 spread and preserved it to a 1714 cushion.
But the Nationals refused to panic as they answered back with 11 straight points to end the match in 71 minutes.