PVL: Tacloban survives five-set thriller, barges into win column
Mark Escarlote on May 09, 2018 09:24 PM
Tacloban rebounded from an opening day loss with a five-set win over Petro Gazz.
Tacloban weathered a furious rally by Petro Gazz before hanging tough in the closing stretch of a very tight fifth set to barge in the win column with a 25-17, 27-25, 21-25, 14-25, 15-13, victory Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Thai import Hyapha Amporn scored 23 points including the match-clinching kill block on Ukrainian Anastasia Trach as the Fighting Warays rebounded from a straight sets loss to PayMaya in the season opener.
Amporn finished with 17 spikes and six kill blocks for Tacloban while skipper Jovielyn Prado had 18 markers. Thai reinforcement Sasiwimol Sangpan added nine while Kyle Negrito and reigning NCAA Most Valuable Player Shola Alvarez combined for 14 markers for the Fighting Warays.
Tacloban erased an 8-10 deficit with four unanswered points for a 12-10 lead. Trach tied the frame at 12 before Sangpan scored on an of the block hit.
Trach tied it again at 13 before Alvarez pushed the Fighting Warays at match point with an off the block hit off the hands of Wensh Tiu.
“Parang masyadong nagkumpyansa, lalo nung nakita na isa lang ang import ng kalaban. So first set, second set, kinapitan pero nu’ng third set, sinabi ko, 18-14, noong naglolokohan na sila, sinabi ko ‘di pa tayo tapos, bakit kailangan natin biru-biruin 'yung laro,’” said Tacloban coach Nes Pamilar. “Kaya nga noong natalo after noon, pinagsabihan ko, medyo napagalitan ko, bumaba ang laro.”
“So pagdating ng fifth set, sabi ko buuin natin ulit. Another position na lang tayo, tingnan natin kung anong mangyayari. Basta kailangan mag-tiyaga lang,” he added.
Tacloban raced to a 2-0 match lead after erasing an 18-23 deficit in the extended second set. The Angels regrouped to even the match at two sets apiece.
Trach scored 27 points off 23 kills, two aces and two kill blocks while Paneng Mercado and Rachel Austero had 20 and 10 markers, respectively, for Petro Gazz, which played without injured Estonian import Kadi Kullerkann, who hurt her left knee during training.
The Angels dropped their second match in a row after a straight sets opening day loss to Creamline.
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