Petron blazes past Iran, Japan next

PHU LY, Vietnam—A stronger, more prepared Petron showed up to shock Islamic Azad University of Iran, 25-8, 25-16, 25-23, to remain in the thick of the fight in the 2015 AVC Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship late Monday at the Ha Nam Competition Hall here.

The Blaze Spikers caught fire early to crush the Iranians in just one hour and 12 minutes and formally barge in the win column of this tournament which serves as a qualifier for the FIVB World Women’s Club Championship next year.

Brazilian reinforcement Rupia Inck Furtado finally found her rhythm as she conspired with Dindin Manabat in an early scoring and blocking blitz that broke the backs of the Iranians, who made it here after a dominant performance in the Iranian Super League.

Furtado bounced back from a dismal performance against 4.25 Sports Club of North Korea with six kills, four blocks and an ace to finish with 11 points while Manabat flashed her vintage form as she punched 10 kills and five blocks for 15 points.

“The adjustment paid off,” said Petron coach George Pascua, who shifted Furtado from opposite to open spiker position to further maximize her prowess on the firing end. “I’m glad everybody showed up prepared and ready to win.”

But the celebration will be temporary as the Blaze Spikers march back to the war zone on Tuesday to face Hisamitsu Seikayu Springs of Japan —an elite squad which won the Asian crown for the past two years.

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