Perlas bounces back after overcoming Power Smashers

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 06, 2017 07:29 PM
Perlas bounces back after overcoming Power Smashers
RESOLVED. Amanda Villanueva bounced back from her sorry game the last time around just like Perlas bounced back from its first loss in the tournament.

Having experienced a heartbreaking defeat just four days earlier, Perlas turned the tables and seized a gritty win for its own in the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference.

Dropping the first two sets on Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre, Amanda Villanueva and the rest of the Spikers fought their way from behind all the way to a hardfought five-set decision over the very game Power Smashers, 29-31, 24-26, 25-19, 25-23, and 21-19.

Villanueva, who struggled in their five-set loss to Philippine Air Force last Tuesday, was a shining star this time around with 18 points, all but one coming from spikes. “This time around, we were more aggressive than passive. I think that’s proof of maturity coming from our end,” team manager Charo Soriano said.

It wasn’t just Villanueva, however, as Kathy Bersola had 18 points while Amy Ahomiro chipped in 14 markers of her own. “Still, we need to be mentally tougher. We need to make sure we have that competitive spirit,” Soriano said, talking about the areas they still have to work on to improve from their 2-1 standing.

The competitive spirit was very much evident towards the end of the fifth set as Ahomiro’s block broke off a deadlock of 19-all.

In the ensuing play, Regine Arocha’s attack error then effectively ended the match in favor of Perlas.

Ahomiro’s block towards the end of the fifth set broke off a deadlock of 19-all before Regine Arocha’s attack error effectively ended the match in favor of Perlas.

The Power Smashers started strong on the back of Arocha and Jovelyn Prado, but were unable to sustain their form the rest of the way. The former wound up with 20 points while the latter finished with a game-high 31 markers.

The Power Smashers have now lost twice in a row following a tournament-opening win.

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