PVL: Kia shines bright as Spikers sweep defending champ Lady Warriors

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 16, 2018 07:09 PM
PVL: Kia shines bright as Spikers sweep Lady Warriors
Kia Bright was unstoppable as BanKo Perlas sent a statement to defending champion Pocari Sweat-Air Force

BanKo Perlas’ straight sets win on Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre was slipping away from its grasp.

Down 13-20 in the third set, however, American reinforcement Kia Bright took charge and took back the straight sets win, 25-19, 25-14, 25-22, for the Spikers at the expense of defending champion Pocari Sweat-Philippine Air Force.

Bright was unstoppable late in the third set and willed her team with five points in a 12-2 run that sealed the deal in their rise to solo first in the quarterfinals of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Season 2.

BanKo Perlas breezed its way in past the listless Lady Warriors in the first two frames.

The third set was a different story, however, as Maddie Palmer and Myla Pablo led the defending champions to a 20-8 tear that turned a five-point deficit into a 20-13 advantage. “Sinabi ko lang sa kanila, pag-inabot natin sila ng 18 (points), may pag-asa pa kaming manalo. E lumampas kami,” a satisfied head coach Dom Dela Cruz said post-game.

Indeed, off a timeout, the American open hitter hammered down back-to-back hits to jumpstart the pivotal push that ultimately boosted the Spikers to their second straight win to start the round robin quarterfinals.

In the end, Bright had 19 points while Thai import Jutarat Motripila and middle blocker Amy Ahomiro scored 16 and 10 markers, respectively.

Dzi Gervacio’s first and only point came courtesy of a lucky spike that came off the hands of a Pocari Sweat-Air Force player and onto the antenna. That finished what Bright had started for the now league-leading Spikers.

Dela Cruz is only hoping that luck stays with them as they head into a matchup opposite Iriga-Navy. “Dahan-dahan, nagje-jell na ang players. Sana tuloy-tuloy na,” he remarked.

On the other hand, Pocari Sweat-Air Force are hoping for a bounce back following their first defeat in three games when they take on BaliPure.

Ari Love paced them in this one with 14 points while Palmer and Pablo chipped in nine markers apiece.

Alongside the Spikers and the Lady Warriors, disputing the last two spots in the semifinals are BaliPure, Iriga-Navy, Petro Gazz, 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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