PVL: High Flyers book Finals date against Cool Smashers
Mark Escarlote on Jul 06, 2018 06:45 PM
PayMaya advanced in the Finals where the High Flyers will meet crowd-favorite Creamline.
PayMaya completed a come-from-behind, 22-25, 14-25, 25-14, 25-23, 15-12, win over BanKo on Friday to set up a Finals date with crowd-favorite Creamline in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference.
The High Flyers capitalized on an opening in the fourth set to force a deciding frame before American Tess Rountree exploded in the fifth to bring down the Perlas Spikes much to the delight of their followers inside the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Rountree scored eight of her 35 points in the fifth set for PayMaya, which came back from a 0-1 series deficit. Rountree had 33 attacks and a pair of aces while adding 16 digs for an all-around game for the High Flyers.
Grethcel Soltones added 16 markers, 19 excellent receptions and 16 digs, American Shelby Sullivan had eight points while setter Jasmine Nabor talllied 41 excellent sets for PayMaya.
“Sinasabi ko naman lagi sa kanila ‘yung confidence nila itaas lang nila lagi, ‘wag silang mawawalan ng loob,” said PayMaya coach Roger Gorayeb. “Kasi sabi ko nga, even if we lose this game, if we played 100 percent, everybody can walk out of that court saying that we played 100 percent, even if we lose, sabi ko, OK tayo sa ganyan maganda para sa atin.”
BanKo had a chance to close the match in the fourth frame after taking a 23-22 lead but the High Flyers stole the set with three straight points.
The fifth set started out tight before PayMaya took a 12-10 lead. The High Flyers pushed at match point on a Rountree kill before American Kia Bright scored the last of her game-high 41 points to keep the Perlas Spikers alive. Soltones sealed the match with her game-clinching off the block kill.
Game 1 of the Finals is on Sunday at the MOA Arena.
BanKo will take on dethroned Pocari Sweat-Air Force in the battle for third.
Bright scored all but one of her points on attacks while Thai import Jutarat Montripila had 18 for the Perlas Spikers, who drew first blood with a four-set series opening win before dropping a five-set duel in Game 2 last Wednesday. Nicole Tiamzon had nine points.
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