PVL: Fighting Warays fuel semis drive
Mark Escarlote on Nov 10, 2018 07:09 PM
Tacloban survived a five-set thriller to remain in race for a semifinals seat.
MALOLOS, Bulacan -- Tacloban came back from a three-point deficit in the closing stretch of the deciding set and pulled off an upset over PetroGazz, 15-25, 25-23, 22-25, 25-20, 15-13, Saturday to remain in contention for a Final Four seat in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center here.
Down 9-12 in the fifth frame after squandering an early four-point lead, the Fighting Warays had extra fuel in their tank to spark a 6-1 finishing blitz to arrest a three-game slide and improve to a 5-7 win-loss card.
“Sabi ko lang sa kanila na hindi pwedeng magpabaya tayo, hindi pwedeng mag-relax tayo. Hindi komo lamang. Sabi ko nga sa kanila ang kalaban natin less na ang power compared sa first, second, at third set nila eh. Dina-drop ball na lang ang bola,” said Tacloban coach Nes Pamilar. “So sabi ko samantalahin natin kasi tayo may lakas pa eh.”
“Kung magmamahinang bola tayo magpaparehasan lang baka matalo tayo,” he added. “So wala ng palong mahina and kung may mahina nakalagay naman na sa magandang posisyon.”
Dimdim Pacres showed the way for the Fighting Warays with 17 points built on 15 attacks and two aces while skipper Jovielyn Prado filled the stats sheet with 14 points with all but one coming off kills while adding 12 digs and 10 excellent receptions.
Heather Guino-o got 11 points including two of Tacloban’s last three markers of the match.
The Fighting Warays opened the fifth set with a 5-1 lead before PetroGazz overtook Tacloban with a scoring barrage for a 10-7 advantage. The Angels extended their lead to 12-9 off a Paneng Mercado hit.
Tacloban saw an opening to counter after veteran setter Chie Saet sent her service straight to the net. Guino-o scored in the next play before Saet was called for an illegal block that tied the set at 12.
Guino-o gave the Fighting Warays the lead with a block off Mercado, Cherry Nunag tied it at 13 before Guino-o pushed Tacloban at match point.
Mercado committed the last of the Angels’ atrocious 45 errors as she sent her attack long.
Jonah Sabete poured 23 points while Mercado finished with 16 markers in a lost effort for the Angels, who fell to their second loss in a row for a 5-5 mark tied with Pocari Sweat-Air Force.
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