PVL: Fighting Warays remain in semis contention
Mark Escarlote on Nov 17, 2018 06:04 PM
Tacloban swept Adamson-Akari to remain in the Final Four race.
Tacloban kept its semifinals hopes alive after hurdling listless and undermanned Adamson-Akari, 25-11, 25-12, 25-19, Saturday in the Premier Volleyball Season 2 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre.
The Fighting Warays waylaid the limping Lady Falcons, who played without injured Bernadette Flora and Lea Ann Perez, to improve their record to 6-7 and remain in contention for the last best-of-three Final Four berth.
Dimdim Pacres wreaked havoc with 14 attacks, two aces and a kill block for 17 points to lead Tacloban to its second straight win. Skipper Jovielyn Prado got 13 markers while Anne Esguerra and Heather Guino-o combined for eight markers for the Fighting Warays, who burned Adamson-Akari with 45 attacks.
“Nandoon pa rin ang chance pero sabi ko nga sa mga players na tuluy-tuloy natin hindi tayo dapat mag-relax hanggang sa huli ipanalo,” said Tacloban coach Nes Pamilar. “Kasi maraming pwedeng mangyari, pwedeng two-way o three-way tie pa eh. Kaya hangga’t sabi ko nga hangga’t maaari yung magandang magagawa namin every game gawin na namin.”
The Fighting Warays are now a full game ahead of Pocari Sweat-Air Force (5-7) and breathing down the necks of PetroGazz (6-5), who are still playing Ateneo-Motolite as of posting time.
Adamson-Akari was again riddled with a string of injuries with Flora nursing a back spasm and Perez down with a right ankle sprain while Chiara Permentilla rode the bench the whole game.
The Lady Falcons fell to 0-11 slate. Trisha Genesis and Krich Macaslang combined for only 13 markers for Adamson-Akari, which gave away 22 points off errors.
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