PVL: Fighting Warays close prelims with back-to-back wins
Mark Escarlote on Jun 03, 2018 07:42 PM
Thai import Patcharee Saengmuang led Tacloban to a five-set win over defending champion Pocari Sweat-Air Force.
Tacloban built its momentum heading into the quarterfinals with back-to-back wins at the expense of the defending champion Pocari Sweat-Air Force, 25-17, 17-25, 25-20, 16-25, 15-10, Sunday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Fighting Warays closed the preliminary round with a 4-3 win-loss record.
Thai import Hyapha Amporn finished with 19 points with all but one coming off attacks while Jovielyn Prado added 18 markers anchored on 17 kills including the match-clinching through the block hit to cap the victory for Tacloban, which will play in the round robin quarterfinals starting Saturday where the last two best-of-three Final Four seats are at stake.
League-leading Creamline (5-1) and PayMaya (4-2) clinched the two outright semis seats.
Thai reinforcement Patcharee Saengmuang finished with 15 points and 14 digs for the Fighting Warays.
“Unang-una medyo high morale ‘yung mga players, ang ina-ano ko lang kasi, ‘di ba nagpalit kami ng player, so ‘yung adjustment and teamwork mabuo ulit,” said Tacloban head coach Nes Pamilar.
The Fighting Warays raced to an early 4-1 lead only to see the Lady Warriors tie it at 4-4. Tacloban answered with a scoring spurt of its own to take a 9-4 advantage.
Pocari Sweat threatened again as they chipped away their deficit, 10-12, before the Fighting Warays closed the match with three straight points.
“Kanina sa second set and fourth set niremind ko sila na bakit ganoon kapag nananalo ng isang set nagre-relax,” said Pamilar. “Kaya noong fifth set sabi ko kaiangan mabago natin, kailangan itong fifth set all out tayo.”
Myla Pablo led the Lady Warriors with 20 points and 11 excellent receptions while American imports Ari Love and Maddie Palmer posted 16 and 15 markers, respectively.
Jeanette Panaga had 11 points for Pocari Sweat, which ended the prelims with back-to-back losses and a 3-4 mark tied with Petro Gazz and BanKo.
Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles