Gizelle Tan stepped big time in the absence of main playmaker Jem Ferrer as BanKo returned to the win column with a 25-13, 25-18, 25-19, domination of Air Force Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Tan, who was converted to setter from libero position with Ferrer still recovering from dengue, held the ailing Perlas Spikers together for a mighty bounce for a 2-1 win-loss record.
The Ateneo de Manila University product dished out 26 excellent sets to help BanKo hammer 47 attacks.
“We were also worried because Gizelle got sick also, she skipped practice two days ago,” said Dzi Gervacio, who led the Perlas Spikers with 19 points including 17 kills and three excellent receptions.
“‘Yun yung magkakasunod si Jem wasn’t feeling well noong game pa namin noong Wednesday [against PacificTown Army] and right after that she went straight to the hospital,” added Gervacio. “Confirmed it was dengue and at the same time Gizelle was suffering from a viral infection pala so we were worried na baka dengue rin buti na lang it wasn’t.”
Tan’s great ball distribution gave BanKo a balance scoring with Nicole Tiamzon scoring 15 points while Kathy Bersola and Sue Roces combined for 13 markers.
“Ok naman. Not so much expectation naman from her kasi nga iba rin ang maglaro as a setter in the professional level and we’re glad she stepped up talaga to fill up Jem’s spot,” said Gervacio of Tan, who also played setter with the Lady Eagles.
The Jet Spikers threatened to bring extend the match when they built a 16-13 separation before BanKo answered with a blistering run to take a 23-16 advantage. Air Force saved two match points before yielding to their second straight defeat.
Javen Sabas logged in 13 points while Mae Antipuesto and Dell Palomata scored seven and six, respectively, for the Jet Spikers.
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