PVL: Perlas Spikers to take advantage of ‘rusty’ PayMaya
Mark Escarlote on Jul 01, 2018 07:19 AM
BanKo and PayMaya clash for the pivotal Game 1 win in their best-of-three semifinals series.
Coming off a tough road to advance in the semifinals, BanKo head coach Dong Dela Cruz hopes to take advantage of their momentum when the Perlas Spikers face no. 2 seed PayMaya in the best-of-three Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference Final Four series opener Sunday.
The Perlas Spikers survived a grueling five-game round robin quarterfinals and that exposure according to Dela Cruz helped the team jell.
While BanKo is coming off a morale-boosting and chemistry -building campaign, PayMaya has not seen action since June 6. The High Flyers closed the prelims with a 5-2 win-loss record to land at the second spot and earn one of the two outright Final Four berths.
Dela Cruz wants to capitalize on that edge to duplicate their preliminary round win over the same opponent when the duke it out in their 4:00 p.m. duel at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The match will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166 and via livestream.
"'Yun nga, 'yung advantage namin is dire-diretso ang game namin, active kami. Sila medyo napahinga sa laro, 'yun lang ang pinaka-advantage namin sa kanila,” said Dela Cruz.
The Perlas Spikers swept the quarterfinals with American import Kia Bright and Thai reinforcement Jutarat Montripila leading the way.
Helping Bright and Montripila are Amy Ahomiro, Joy Dacoron, Dzi Gervacio, Nicole Tiamzon and setter Jem Ferrer.
“But siguro, manpower, halos parehas lang eh. Malalakas ang import nila, well-coached 'yung team, malalakas ang locals so magandang laban 'yun sa semis,” said Dela Cruz.
The Roger Gorayeb-coached PayMaya will bank on Americans Tess Rountree and Shelby Sullivan with solid local support in Celine Domingo, Jerrili Malabanan, Aiko Urdas, Jorelle Singh and setter Jasmine Nabor.
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