Import-less Spikers defeat Jet Spikers
Import-less Perlas shot down Philippine Air Force.
Perlas pulled of a huge upset against a beefed up Philippine Air Force, 25-23, 26-24, 25-13, Thursday despite playing without its imports in the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Spikers opted to sit out imports Rupia Inck of Brazil and Japanese Naoko Hashimoto but were still able to complete the rout behind the 18-point effort of skipper Dzi Gervacio.
Perlas bounced back from a loss and improved its record to 4-3.
“Medyo slow start na naman but as the sets continue nakakahabol naman I think din kasi the opponent wasn’t as cohesive than the last time we played them,” said Gervacio of the opponent which defeated them in five sets in their first meeting. “Kasi last game hirap kami pumatay ng bola.”
Suzanne Roces added eight points while Amy Ahomiro and Kathy Bersola combined for 11 points for the Spikers, who received the International Transfer Certificates of their imports early Thursday but decided to sit them out to avoid any complication.
“Even if we had a confirmation via email we didn’t want to risk it kasi baka eventually they will be sanctioned or fined or suspended,” Gervacio explained. “Actually it was their prerogative na not to play today, they wanted to have a formal letter signed by the FIVB president or the AVC president para sure.”
The Jet Spikers were able to field Thai import Patcharee Saengmuang, who scored 11 points, but failed to snap a five-game slide.
Iari Yongco scored eight while Joy Cases had six for Air Force, who dived to 1-6 slate.
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