PVL: Angels fuel semis hopes

Mark Escarlote on Jun 23, 2018 04:03 PM
PVL: Angels fuel semis hopes
Petro Gazz swept Iriga-Navy fo its third straight win and better position in the race for the last two Final Four berths.

Petro Gazz fueled its semifinals berth campaign with an important win over an also-ran but gutsy Iriga-Navy, 25-19, 25-14, 25-19, Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference quarterfinals at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The Angels bagged their third straight sweep win to improve to 3-1 win-loss record and remain on the right track

Ukranian import Anastasiia Trach delivered 17 points for Petro Gazz, which is a win away from securing at least a playoff for the semifinals seat.   

“It’s a victory of the whole team. We put our maximunm effort in every game,” said Trach, who in the last two games of the Angels stepped up on offense. “I think we are in the right track (for the semis).”

The Lady Oragons clawed their way back from an early deficit to move within one, 19-18, in the third frame but Trach and compatriot Olena Lymareva-Flink ignited a closing 6-1 scoring spurt to silence the upset-conscious Iriga-Navy.

Lymareva-Flink added 17 points while Paneng Mercado and Cherry Nunag had nine and seven points, respectively, for Petro Gazz. Chie Saet tallied 37 excellent sets for the Angels.  

The Lady Oragons closed the conference with a 1-4 slate and only two wins in 12 games overall.

American Lauren Whyte had 18 points while MAcy Ubben got eight markers for Iriga-Navy.  



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