Volley Bolt, HD Spikers score separate sweeps to stay 1-2

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 22, 2017 03:54 PM
Volley Bolt, HD Spikers score separate sweeps to stay 1-2
STATUS QUO. Cignal is still breathing down the neck of league-leading Mega Builders.

The standings are staying the same now nearing the end of the elimination round in the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.

Mega Builders is still in the league-lead while Cignal is still giving them chase after their separate wins at the Filoil Flying V Centre, Saturday.

The HD Spikers had for themselves a mighty rebound with a straight sets grounding of Philippine Air Force, 25-20, 25-21, and 25-23.

Lorenzo Capate showed the way with 15 points, all from spikes, and was backstopped by skipper Ysay Marasigan who had 11 markers under his belt.

Cignal dominated so much so that it didn’t even feel the absence of key cogs Mark Alfafara, Bonjomar Castel, and Herschel Ramos who are fulfilling national team duties. “We were definitely ready. Mahirap mawalan ng players, but that’s why we have a team,” head coach Oliver Almadro said.

Edmar Bonobo and Peter Torres also added eight points apiece all while fronting a defense that surrendered no more than nine points from each and every one of their opponents. “My players showed everybody has the same goal which is to help each other,” Almadro said.

The win was much welcome for a side which suffered its first setback last Wednesday.

The HD Spikers now stand at solo second holding a 5-1 record.

For the Jet Spikers, Pitrus de Ocampo topped the scoring column with nine points. Clearly missing the services of top scorer Ranran Abdilla who is also with the national team in South Korea, however, they drop to 4-2.

Having no problems in their own dominant win were the Volley Bolt which came down hard on Sta. Elena, 25-20, 25-20, and 25-20.

Fauzi Ismail hammered down 16 points, all but three of which came from kills, to lead a total of four players in double-digits.

Madz Gampong, Kim Malabunga, and James Natividad all had 11 markers of their own as Mega Builders stayed on course for a sweep now at 6-0. “Actually, ang main objective lang naman namin noon is to gain experience and to make it to the top four. Eventually, gumanda yung laro ng mga bata,” assistant coach Dong dela Cruz said.

He then continued, “Kaya ngayon, tumaas na yung goal namin.”

The league-leaders imposed their will at both ends, winning the spiking battle, 44-29, and the blocking battle, 13-4.

The Volley Bolt were without a national team member of their own in Bryan Bagunas, but still had more than enough to close in on the top-seed for the semifinals. “Kailangan naming manalo dahil gusto naming mag-number one,” Dela Cruz said.

On the other hand, Sta. Elena is in danger of missing the next round now with a 2-3 record. Berlin Paglinawan was the lone bright spot for them with 13 points.


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