PVL: Ultra Fast Hitters force semis decider
Mark Escarlote on Jul 04, 2018 10:20 PM
Mark Alfafara uncorked 24 points to help PLDT Home Fibr outlast Cignal in five sets to force a semis series decider.
PLDT Home Fibr’s one-two punch Mark Alfafara and John Vic De Guzman delivered when it mattered the most to power the Ultra Fast Hitters past the defending champion Cignal, 22-25, 27-25, 20-25, 25-22, 15-11, Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference men’s Final Four at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Alfafara and De Guzman posted 24 points each and provided the swag and energy especially in the fifth set to even the best-of-three series to 1-1.
Game 3 is on Friday.
De Guzman pounded 22 attacks while Alfafara had 19 kills, three aces and a pair of kill blocks for the Ultra Fast Hitters, who rebounded from a straight sets beating in the series opener last Sunday.
Henry Pecana got 12 points while Jayvee Sumagaysay added 10 markers for PLDT, which came back from a 1-2 match deficit.
“Bunga ‘yan ng preparation. Off kami last time nawalan kami ng pasa, this time we made sure na mako-cover namin ang mga lapses noong nakaraan so it paid off naman,” said PLDT coach Odjie Mamon.
The Ultra Fast Hitters pulled away late in the fifth set, building a 13-9 lead. The HD Spikers fought back with back-to-back hits capped by a Marck Espejo kill.
But Ysay Marasigan committed a net touch on the next play as he tried to block De Guzman before Sumagaysay sealed the win with a kill block on Marasigan.
Espejo had 24 points, 22 off kills, while adding 17 excellent receptions and 16 digs for the HD Spikers. Marasigan and Rex Intal had 17 and 14 markers, respectively.
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