PVL: Jet Spikers keep outright semis hopes alive
Mark Escarlote on Jun 03, 2018 03:15 PM
Philippine Air Force boosted its campaign for an outright semifinals seat with a four-set win over Instituto Estetico Manila.
Philippine Air Force kept its outright Final Four berth hopes alive with a four-set 25-17, 25-19, 22-25, 25-22, win over feisty Instituto Estetico Manila in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference men’s play Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Jet Spikers stopped a two-game bleeding to improve their record to 2-2 at fourth spot behind league-leading defending champion Cignal and Vice Co., which are tied with 3-1 slates, and PLDT Home Fibr (2-3).
Air Force weathered a furious fourth set rally from the Phoenix Volley Masters to send IEM reeling to its third straight loss in five outings.
Reigning Most Valuable Player Ranran Abdilla finished with 23 points coming off 20 attacks and three kill blocks while adding 17 excellent receptions to pace Air Force, which pummeled the Phoenix Volley Masters to with 57 spikes.
Fauzi Ismail scored 15 points while Edwin Tolentino added 10 markers for the Jet Spikers, who will close their prelims campaign against the Blockbusters on Wednesday.
The top two teams after the prelims will advance outright into the best-of-three Final Four while the four remaining squads will battle in a round robin quarterfinals.
Following a third set meltdown, Air Force encountered another tough resistance from IEM in the fourth frame.
The Jet Spikers saw its 16-8 lead evaporate as the Phoenix Volley Masters made a telling 13-4 blitz to take a 21-20 advantage and threatened to put the match into a decider.
But Air Force regrouped just in time to regain control of the set before finishing off the Phoenix Volley Masters.
Jeffrey Jimenez led IEM with 13 points while skipper Greg Dolor and Joeward Presnede posted 11 and 10 markers, respectively.
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