PVL: PayMaya whips Tacloban in straight sets

Mark Escarlote on May 06, 2018 04:51 PM
PVL: PayMaya whips Tacloban in straight sets
American import Shelby Sullivan powered PayMaya past Tacloban in their Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference debut.

PayMaya needed a little workout in the second set before completing a sweep of Tacloban, 25-8, 33-31, 25-20, Sunday to open its campaign in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan on a sweet note.

The High Flyers turned to imports Tess Rountree and Shelby Sullivan and local star Grethcel Soltones to provide the firepower to turn back the Fighting Warays, who gave PayMaya quite a scare in the second frame before fading away.

“Sinasabi ko lang, let’s not play the way our opponents play, medyo mabagal sila maglaro eh,” said PayMaya head coach Roger Gorayeb of his reminder to the team in the tight second set. “If we play slow then they will control the tempo of our game and we will e playing their kind of game. Sabi ko ‘wag.”

Tacloban got into trouble early with its spotty reception and floor defense as American imports Rountree and Sullivan took advantage.

Rountree scored 22 points with 20 coming off attacks and added 11 digs while Sullivan finished with 15 for High Flyers.

Soltones finished with nine points while Celine Domingi and setter Jasmine Nabor combined for 12 markers for PayMaya. Nabor tallied 24 excellents sets.

The Fighting Warays woke up from a bad start with Jovelyn Prado leading the way in the second set. Tacloban saved two set points to tie the frame at 24.

PayMaya regained the set point advantage before Tacloban took a 29-28 lead off an attack by Hyapha Amporn. Soltones tied it with a kill.

Nabor put PayMaya back on top but Amporn answered with another kill. Sullivan gave the High Flyers the lead before Shola Alvarez knotted the set at 31.

Aiko Urdas won the set for the High Flyers with a spike and a kill block to end the frame.        

Tacloban kept the set close in the third before sputtering in the final stretch as PayMaya built momentum heading into its back-to-back games in Tuguegarao against Pocari Sweat-Air Force and Creamline on May 12 and 13, respectively.

Prado scored 12 points as the only Fighting Waray in double figures while Amporn and reigning NCAA Most Valuable Player Alvarez combined for 15 points.




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