Wrecking Balls kick door into semis, kick out Troopers
While they took the longer road to get there, Sta. Elena has nonetheless gotten there.
The Wrecking Balls made quick work of fellow hopeful Philippine Army in straight sets, 25-17, 25-19, and 29-27 on Wednesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre to complete the cast in the semifinals of the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.
Berlin Paglinawan was an unstoppable force and had 20 points, all but two coming from kills, to lead his team into setting a date with top-seeded Cignal in a best-of-three series.
Isaah Arda and Paolo Pablico also added 10 points apiece to make sure Sta. Elena was the one coming out ahead in the tiebreaker bout between the two teams which ended the elimination round at 4-3.
The determination was evident for them from start to finish as they counted a crucial 50-37 edge in spikes.
Even when the Troopers finally got going in the third set, the Wrecking Balls had the answer in the form of Paglinawan as well as from timely contributions from Jethro Orian.
Now, Sta. Elena turns its attention to the HD Spikers who handled them easy in their elimination round faceoff. Their best-of-three semifinal series commences on Saturday still at the same venue.
On the other hand, Army bows out of the tournament after having suffered another defeat at the hands of the Wrecking Balls.
Jayvee Sumagaysay was he lone double-digit scorer for them with 10 points.