Wih Marck Espejo back, Rebisco-Philippines made quick work of the Philippine Army Troopers, 25-12, 25-20, 25-8, in the 2019 Spikers’ Turf Reinforced Conference at the Paco Arena in Manila on Thursday.
Espejo led the Philippines’ balanced attack with 13 points while Mark Alfafara added 10 to up Rebisco’s standing to 4-1.
After cruising through the first two sets, Team Philippines proved to be too much for Army. Up by 16 points in the third frame, Espejo put an emphatic end to the match with a powerful kill.
“Nag-rotate lang talaga kami sa ilang tao eh, kumbaga kasi ‘yung iba naglaro kanina, tapos may problema ‘yung ibang player kaya nag rotate lang kami sa i-ilang tao kaya siguro mas maganda ‘yung laro,” said assistant coach Dong Dela Cruz, who was sitting in for Dante Alinsunurin as he is in Japan.
The 3-2 Troopers were led by Pj Rojas with seven markers.
Meanwhile, defending champion Philippine Air Force-Go for Gold added more woes to winless AFP Olympics rival Philippine Coast Guard Dolphins, 25-15, 24-26, 25-18, 25-19.
Ranran Abdilla scored 24 points built on 18 attacks, five aces, and a block while Kim Malabunga added 15 points on 11 attacks, three blocks and an ace for the 4-1 Air Force.
Esmail Kasim had 21 points for the Coast Guard who fell to 0-5 in the tournament.
In the first game, the IEM Phoenix Volley Masters scored an upset, come-from-behind victory against the Animo Green Spikers, 17-25, 22-25, 25-20, 25-18, 15-10, for their breakthrough win in the tournament.
Former San Beda star Mark Enciso fired 19 points for IEM while Razzel Palisoc chipped in 18.
Animo, who fell to a 3-2 card, was led by Green Archer Cris Dumago with 14 points while Joshua De Sequera added 11 points.