Jet Spikers return to win column, send Lady Maroons down 0-3
Mark Escarlote on Jul 12, 2017 06:14 PM
Jocemer Tapic smashes the ball away from the defense of Lorie Bernardo of University of the Philippines.
Philippine Air Force used its experience and veteran smarts to turn back University of the Philippines, 29-27, 25-16, 25-22, Wednesday in the inaugural Premier Volleyball League at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Lady Spikers bounced back from a four-set setback against Creamline to improve to 2-1 win-loss record tied with BaliPure at third to fourth spots.
Iari Yongco scored 15 points with 13 coming off spikes while Jocemer Tapic had 12 markers for Air Force. May Ann Pantino finished with 11 points while skipper Joy Cases chipped in with 10 points.
The Jet Spikers dictated the tempo of the match after a tight escape in the opening set where Air Force needed to save three sets points.
Air Force went ahead, 24-23, in the first frame but the Lady Maroons countered with two straight points to take a 25-24 lead. Pantino tied it at 25 with a crosscourt attack.
UP again went up, 27-26, after an attack error by Tapic. She made up for her error in the next play with a through the block hit to tie it again at 27. Air Force turned back Lady Maroons top hitter Isa Molde in the next play before sealing the frame.
“Meron sigurong factor ‘yun na may advantage kami doon (sa experience), kasi ‘yang mga bata, kapag nabigyan mo ng tsansa ‘yan, aarangkada ‘yan, kaya buti nakuha namin ang first set,” said Air Force coach Jasper Jimenez. “Kung nakuha nila ‘yun, magtutuloy-tuloy ‘yun. Buti na-stop namin, nakuha namin ang first set, malaking bagay sa amin ‘yung first set na ‘yun.”
UP tried to mount a rally in the third set, erasing am 11-16 deficit to tie the frame at 18. Air Force answered with a 5-1 spurt for a 23-19 lead.
Cases put the Jet Spikers at match point with a crosscourt hammer but surrendered the next point to the Lady Maroons with her spike hitting the net before Air Force sealed the victory with Del Palomata scoring a kill block on Diana Carlos.
Carlos finished with 18 points while Isa Molde registered 15 for UP, which dropped its third game in as many outings.
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