Lady Jet Spikers bounce back all the way to semifinals spot

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 29, 2017 08:54 PM
Lady Jet Spikers bounce back all the way to semifinals spot
IT'S IN. Iari Yongco and Air Force have fulfilled their primary objective and will be playing in the playoffs.

Philippine Air Force wanted no complications in their try for the semifinals in the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.

They did just that on Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre, taking care of business against also-ran Adamson University in straight sets, 25-22, 25-16, and 25-21.

Coming off a sorry loss to Pocari Sweat three days ago, the Jet Spikers played with much determination in this one and did not allow their opponents to gain any sort of momentum. “Lesson learned talaga yung pagkatalo namin,” head coach Jasper Jimenez said.

Iari Yongco was at the forefront of the attack with 14 points to bring her squad onto a place in the next round.

She was backstopped by Joy Cases and Jocemer Tapic who had 10 markers each.

Air Force was on-point from start to finish and totaled a 42-32 advantage in spikes as well as a 9-3 edge in blocks.

Rising to a 5-2 standing, the Jet Spikers join league-leading Creamline and Pocari Sweat inside the playoff picture. “Sobrang importante ‘to sa amin kasi inspirasyon sa amin yung dati naming standing na kulelat kami. Kaya naman nagpursigi kaming makapunta sa Final Four,” Jimenez said.

In the 2016 Reinforced Conference of the PVL, then known as Shakey’s V-League, the Lady Spikers were dead last in the standings.

This time around, Jimenez was nothing but glad that won’t be happening again with the renewed confidence they have. “Kumpyansa na talaga kami. Improved talaga yung kumpyansa namin,” he expressed.

On the other hand, the Lady Falcons exit the tournament with a whimper with a 1-6 record.

Skipper Jema Galanza was the lone bright spot for them with 14 points.


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