PVL: Air Force, IEM snatch opening day victories
Mark Escarlote on May 09, 2018 03:32 PM
DEADLY DUO -- Fauzi Ismail and Ranran Abdilla did most of the damage in Philippine Air Force's five-set triumph over PLDT.
National team member Ranran Abdilla displayed his superb form as he led Philippine Air Force past an equally dangerous PLDT Home Fibr squad, 25-15, 22-25, 24-26, 25-16, 15-12, Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference men’s division at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Abdilla hammered 23 attacks with four service aces and a kill block for 28 points in an all-around offensive outing for the Jet Spikers, who rained down 62 points on kills despite giving away 41 markers off errors.
Helping Abdilla out was Fauzi Ismail, who scored 25 markers, while Edwin Tolentino and Jeffrey Malabanan combined for 17 pints for Air Force, which finished runner-up last year to Cignal in both the Open and Reinforced Conferences.
John Vic De Guzman, the team captain of the national squad that saw action in the 29th Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games last year, was the only PLDT player in double figures with 18 points, all but one coming off attacks. Ronjay Galang and Henry Pecana scored nine and eight points, respectively, for PLDT.
Meanwhile, Instituto Estetico Manila added more woes to Philippine Army with a 25-22, 23-25, 25-22, 25-14, victory to open its campaign on a high note.
The Phoenix Volley Masters joined early winners Air Force and Vice Co.
San Beda University standout Mark Enciso scored all of his 15 points on kills while Jeffrey Jimenez and skipper Greg Dolor posted 14 and 11 markers, respectively.
The Troopers dropped their second straight game in as many outings. Benjaylo Labide had 13 points while John Depamaylo scored nine for Army.
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