Spikers nip Water Defenders in five-set thriller

Mark Escarlote on May 13, 2017 05:13 PM
Spikers nip Water Defenders in five-set thriller
Perlas outlasted BaliPure in five sets to improve its record to 3-2.

Playmaker Jem Ferrer showed her incredible talent as she led the Perlas Spikers back on the winning track at the expense of the erstwhile unbeaten BaliPure, 22-25, 22-25, 25-22, 25-16, 15-12, Saturday in the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference.

The former Ateneo de Manila setter displayed her vintage form in front of the delighted crowd inside the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. She dished out 59 excellent sets in Perlas’ total of 61 attacks as Ferrer distributed the offense where five hitters scored in double figures.

Amy Ahomiro scored 17 points anchored on 15 attacks while skipper Dzi Gervacio had 16 for Perlas, whose core played for BaliPure last year in the V-League.

Nicole Tiamzon and Suzanne Roces scored 11 markers each while Sasa Devanadera had 10 for the Spikers, who fought back from two sets down to hand BaliPure its first defeat in four games.  

“Every game is important naman, win or lose. Ito nga since this is the game that we recovered from last time and we had a talk pa among ourselves kasi it proves na we really lacked team work and jelling on the team nakita naman natin sa third, fourth and fifth set,” said Gervacio. “Parang diesel nga kami, sobrang tagal bago gumalaw cohesively ‘yung team it shows na our efforts came in fruition.”

Roces ignited a searing comeback by the Perlas Spikers late in the third set to help Perlas rally from 19-22 to eventually snatching the frame.

Tiamzon was the hero in the fourth after she broke a 13-13 deadlock that sparked another rally that put the Spikers up, 21-13, swinging the momentum to Perlas.

The Spikers raced to 1 12-5 lead in the fifth but BaliPure’s heavy-hitter Gretchel Soltones tried to steer her team to a final stand to trim their deficit to 12-9. But Gervacio nipped it in the bud with a kill of her own and Perlas held on to take the match.

The bounce back victory improved Perlas’ record to 3-2.

“We had our own frustrations and I think that was our problem coming from our previous game. Iniisip namin na kapag napalo na ang bola we assume na it should be dead but we have to respect the other teams because they are working hard as well and focus we have to double our efforts din,” Gervacio added. “So ‘’yun coming to the third set (I told my teammates) na guys, we have to recover talaga.”

Soltones finished with 20 points, Risa Sato had 14 while Aiko Urdas finished with 13 for the Water Defenders.





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