Petron XCS’ Aiza Pontillas and Bang Pineda won, 21-17, 21-16, against Aby Maraño and Danika Gendrauli of F2 Logistics in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Philippine Superliga (PSL) Challenge Cup beach volleyball tournament at the SM By the Bay in Mall of Asia on Sunday.
“We challenged the defense of Aby knowing that she’s not yet used to play on the sand,” said Pontillas, a veteran of 2011 Southeast Asian Games.
“Both of them are really good. But we had to target Aby because we know that Danika is more experienced being the former champion. We practiced hard and prepare for them because we know that they are a very good team,” added Pineda.
The Petron ladies will face the RC Cola-Army A in the semifinals.
In the other match, the tandem of Jovelyn Gonzaga and Nene Bautista defeated Maica Morada and Frances Molina of Petron Sprint 4T, 21-14. 21-12, to secure a slot in the semifinals.
In the men’s division, Philippine Navy B prevailed over UE Manila, 21-13, 21-18, while Philippine Navy A subdued SM By the Bay, 21-9, 21-9, to clinched semis berths.
The semifinals and finals are scheduled on Sunday.