Generika-Ayala team captain Geneveve Casugod goes up for a kill against the Cocolife Asset Managers in the opening match of the Belo Philippine Superliga Invitational (Photo by Jamil Buergo)
After a very busy off-season that saw Generika acquiring new players and a corporate partner, the Lifesavers wasted no time displaying its might as they spoiled the debut of Cocolife Asset Managers in 4 sets, 25-20, 25-15, 21-25, 25-16 at in the opening day salvo of the Belo Philippine Superliga Invitational conference last Saturday ata the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Generika went on a roll in the first two set as they pounced on the Asset Managers, who were visibly trying to work on their chemistry yet. Cocolife however managed to stay alive in the third set behind the efforts of Andrea Marzan as they finished the set 25-21 from a 19-all score. In the fourth set, Fiola Ceballos and Gen Casugod provided the finishing touches as they teamed up in cutting the life out of the Asset Managers with a 25-16 score.
Generika – Ayala Lifesavers head coach Francis Vicente lauded her team’s effort in their opening game victory. Despite having several new players in the team, Vicente found it easy to make his team play as a cohesive unit. “I like my team this time. Magaan silang kasama, magaan ang samahan. Hindi pa kami nagti-team building pero magaan silang kasama agad.” expressed Vicente.
The recently appointed National Team coach for this year’s AVC Asian Senior Women’s Championship and 29th Southeast Asian Games also praised Gen Casugod’s dominating performance. Noticeably the tallest player in Generika’s lineup, Casugod not only attacked her opponents but also provided defense to frustrate Cocolife’s attackers. “Captain ball namin siya eh. She has to step-up” said Vicente.
Gen Casugod topscored for the Lifesavers with 20 points anchored on 17 kills and 3 blocks. Off-season recruits Angeli Araneta and Patty Orendain also helped Generika-Ayala with 12 and 11 points respectively.
Rosemarie Vargas led Cocolife with 9 points while top-recruit Michelle Gumabao added 8 points.