Power Smashers crush Jet Spikers, boost outright semis bid
Mark Escarlote on May 23, 2017 06:42 PM
The Power Smashers remained on the right track for an outright semifinals berth.
The Power Smashers boosted their chances of clinching an outright semifinals berth after shooting down Philippine Air Force, 25-23, 16-25, 25-20, 25-23, Tuesday in the inaugural Premier Volleyballl League at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Hyapcha Amporn and Kannika Tipachot delivered the numbers expected from the Thai duo while local hitter Jovielyn Prado sealed the Power Smashers’ fifth win in nine matches with back-to-back points.
The Power Smashers can still make it to the semis outright but they will need to defeat BaliPure on Thursday and pray that the Water Defenders (6-2) or Pocari Sweat (6-3) drop their remaining assignments.
Tipachot finished with 23 points with 21 coming off kills and a pair of aces while adding 16 digs. Amporn had 11 while Prado had 10 including a down the line attack and a won joust against Iari Yongco to seal the win.
In case of a tie at 6-4 in for the outright semis slot, the team that will clinch the berth will be determined by FIVB tiebreak rule.
The Power Smashers won their second straight outing but head coach Nes Pamilar was far from satisfied with the way his wards played against a team that absorbed its seventh straight defeat.
“Nandoon nga. Parang medyo pwede pa (sa semis) pero parang hindi ako satisfied sa ginalaw ng mga players. Parang ag gulo-gulo. Sabi ko nga, bakit parang ineasy-easy?” he said. “Ang kalaban, parang alam nilang kakayanin nila kaya nag-relax. Di pwedeng ganyan. Tapos maraming instruction na di nasusunod. Sabi ko doon tayo mag-usap sa dugout mamaya.”
Leading the fourth set, 21-15, the Power Smashers watched the Jet Spikers tie the frame at 22 capped by a crosscourt hit by Joy Cases.
Tipachot answered with a kill, Yongco scored on an off the block attack to tie it at 23 before Prado’s match-clinching back-to-back points.
Thai import Patcharee Saengmuang had 21 markers while Angel Antipuesto finished with 11 for the quarterfinals-bound Air Force, which dropped to 1-8 slate.
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