PVL: Petro Gazz ignites quarters streak at expense of BaliPure
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 16, 2018 09:06 PM
Petro Gazz now has back-to-back wins in the round robin quarterfinals
Petro Gazz is nothing but confident that it is doing better and better just as the competition gets hotter and hotter in the quarterfinals of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Season 2.
It’s hard to argue with the Angels following a straight sets shellacking of BaliPure-National University, 25-23, 25-18, and 25-14 on Saturday at the Filoil Flying Centre.
“Good yung chances ng team. Hopefully, magtuloy-tuloy,” head coach Jerry Yee told reporters after his girls won for the second time in a row following a loss to open the round robin quarterfinals. “Sa umpisa, ‘di pa magkakakilala e, pero ngayon, unti-unti, nagkakakilala na.”
Indeed, Petro Gazz counted four players who contributed at least seven points led by Ukranian reinforcement Anastasiia Trach who had 17 points.
Olena Lymareva-Flink, another Ukranian, and Cherry Nunag contributed eight points each and Paneng Mercado also chipped in seven markers.
After handling the Water Defenders easy in the first two sets, the Angels found themselves chasing down a 4-7 deficit in the third.
The balanced attack returned for them following the first technical timeout in the set, however, and they uncorked an 18-4 burst that put them up, all of a sudden, 22-11.
That run only took the fight out of young BaliPure-NU and the Angels soared to a share of second in the standings at 2-1.
Yee and his girls try for a third straight win when they take on Iriga-Navy next.
For the Water Defenders, Janisa Johnson led the way with 14 points points. She was their lone player in double-digits as fellow import Alexis Matthews only had six markers to her name.
Their return to the win column would have to come at the expense of defending champion Pocari Sweat-Philippine Air Force.
Alongside Petro Gazz and BaliPure-NU, disputing the last two spots in the semifinals are BanKo-Perlas, Iriga-Navy, Pocari Sweat-Air Force, and Tacloban
The top two finishers in the round robin quarterfinals will move on to the next round.
Already there are Creamline and PayMaya who secured the top spots in the Final Four after their respective impressive runs in the preliminary round.
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