PVL: High Flyers survive five-set thriller to force Game 3

Mark Escarlote on Jul 04, 2018 04:31 PM
PVL: High Flyers survive five-set thriller to force Game 3
PayMaya forced a rubbermatch in their best-of-three semifinals series against BanKo.

PayMaya bounced back big time as the High Flyers weathered a furious comeback attempt of BanKo with a 28-26, 25-16, 25-27, 25-27, 15-12, victory Wednesday to force a rubber match in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference best-of-three semifinals series.

The High Flyers turned the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan into a kill zone as they snapped the Perlas Spikers' eight-game winning streak since the end of the preliminary round to set up a winner-take-all date on Friday.

Grethcel Soltones delivered in the crucial closing stretch of the fifth set including the match-clinching down the line kill to silence BanKo, which tied the frame at 11 after falling behind, 5-9.

“At least, first two sets, almost meltdown kami noon. Una kami ng fifth set, lumamang kami, mamaya, naging all-11,” said PayMaya head coach Roger Gorayeb. “Buti nalampasan namin kasi gusto namin mag-laro pa. Gusto namin mag-finals.”

American Tess Rountree powered the High Flyers with 34 points built on 27 attacks, five aces and two kill blocks while Soltones finished with 22 markers and added 29 excellent receptions and 15 digs. American Shelby Sullivan posted 14 markers while locals Celine Domingo and Jerili Malabanan combined for 16 points for PayMaya.

The Perlas Spikers engaged the High Flyers to a tight battle at the start of the fifth set before PayMaya built a 9-5 lead. American Kia Bright and Thai import Jutarat Montripila willed BanKo back in the game as they knotted the score at 10.

The two teams exchanged hits in the the next two plays before PayMaya scored back-to-back points capped by a Soltones kill. Bright committed an error on the next play before making ammends with a hit to save a match point. Soltones closed the two-hour, 11-minute match with a kill.

Bright posted 35 points , 33 coming off attacks, while Montripila had 23 markers for BanKo.           



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