Dahlke, Lazard deliver as PLDT shocks F2 Logistics

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Jasmine Nabor of PLDT Home Fibr saves the ball during their Philippine Superliga Grand Prix game against F2 Logistics Friday night at the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan City. (Roman Prospero)

BINAN CITY – PLDT Home Fibr unleashed its A-game as it pulled off an earthshaking 25-20, 23-25, 25-21, 25-18 upset of powerhouse F2 Logistics in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Saturday at the Alonte Sports Arena here.

Import Kendra Dahlke was again impressive, towing the Power Hitters to the impressive victory in this prestigious women’s club league bankrolled by Asics, Mueller, Mikasa, Senoh, Team Rebel Sports, Bizooku, UCPB Gen, Cocolife, Hotel Sogo and Data Project.

Dahlke tallied 19 points and 10 excellent receptions while fellow reinforcement Grace Lazard chipped in 18 for PLDT, which bagged its sixth win in to outings.

Local stars Aiko Urdas and Joyce Sta. Rita also stepped up, finishing 11 and 10 markers, respectively, in the match that too one hour and 47 minutes to conclude.

“We trusted each other and I think that made the difference in today’s match,” said PLDT setter Jasmine Nabor. “Our game plan worked, especially our combination attacks, because we knew that we can rely on each other.

PLDT capitalized on F2 Logistics’ sluggish start with Dahlke and Lazard delivering the goods in the opening salvo.

The Power Hitters sustained the momentum, putting up a 6-0 lead in the second set before Lindsay Stalzer and Rebecca Perry scored back-to-back points and hand the Cargo Movers the lead, 13-12.

Tied at one set apiece, PLDT regrouped and regained composure to take an, 8-0, advantage and held on to take the third set.

PLDT broke loose from a close, 8-4, contest in the fourth set as it widened the gap, 11-5, all the way to hand F2 Logistics its second loss in nine matches.

Stalzer finished with 21 points while Ara Galang had 11 and Perry added 10 for the Cargo Movers.

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