Semis-bound Volley Bolt disconnects HD Spikers from top spot
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 19, 2017 03:37 PM
FINALS PREVIEW? Bryan Bagunas and Mega Builders imposed their will on erstwhile undefeated Cignal.
Only one team remains perfect in the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.
Mega Builders now finds itself alone atop the leaderboard after dislodging erstwhile undefeated Cignal in a shocking sweep, 26-24, 26-24, and 25-17, on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Bryan Bagunas fired 17 points to lead three other teammates in double-digits in the Volley Bolt’s fifth win in as many games.
With a 5-0 record, they have booked the first ticket into the semifinals of the tournament.
Entering the matchup, the two teams stood on even ground at first-place.
That was clearly the case in the first couple of frames as they were going toe-to-toe until Bagunas and Fauzi Ismail took the sets for Mega Builders.
Those hard-earned decisions in the first two sets only uplifted the Volley Bolt into greater heights while also deflating their opponents.
Unable to keep pace in the third set, the HD Spikers suffered their first setback in five games.
Not much separated the two teams aside from spikes won which Mega Builders clearly claimed, 48-38.
In the end, Fauzi and Kim Malabunga each contributed 12 points for the semis-bound Volley Bolt.
On the other hand, only Mark Alfafara was the consistent force for Cignal with 11 points. He had no other teammates in double-digits.
In the day’s other game, Philippine Air Force recovered just in time to register a five-set thriller of a triumph over Instituto Estetico Manila, 13-25, 23-25, 25-20, 25-22, and 16-14
The Jet Spikers drew big-time contributions from Alnakran Abdilla who had 21 points as well as Reuben Inaudito, Nino Jeruz, and Howard Mojica who all had 12 points for their own to help their team rise to 4-1.
Playing listless for the first two sets, Air Force finally took flight in the third set behind Jeruz and Mojica.
Mark Christian Enciso paced IEM with 20 points which still proved far from enough from preventing their fall to 2-3.