PVL: Perlas Spikers survive thriller to end elims

Mark Escarlote on Nov 24, 2018 05:29 PM
PVL: Perlas Spikers survive thriller to end elims
BanKo escaped with a five-set win over Tacloban to end the elimination round. (FILE PHOTO)

BATANGAS CITY --- Nicole Tiamzon delivered at crunch time as BanKo aborted a monumental collapse with a 25-22, 25-19, 29-31, 11-25, 15-11, win Saturday over Tacloban to end the elimination round of the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference at the Batangas City Coliseum here.

After squandering a two-set lead, the Perlas Spikers banked on the steady play and composure of Tiamzon in the closing stretch of the fifth frame to give BanKo an 11-3 win-loss record.

BanKo can clinch the no. 1 spot in the best-of-three semifinals against PetroGazz starting Wednesday if Creamline loses to winless Adamson-Akari, which are playing as of posting time. A win by the Cool Smashers will pull the Perlas Spikers at second spot for a Final Four showdown with Ateneo-Motolite, which BanKo dominated in the two-round elims.

Sasa Devanadera led three other BanKo players in double figures with 17 points coming off 14 attacks and three kill blocks. Roma Joy Doromal had 15 while Tiamzon got 14 markers including the set clinching hits in the first, second and fifth sets for the Perlas Spikers.

Amanda Villanueva had an all-around performance with 11 markers, 21 digs and 12 excellent receptions.

“First two sets maganda, yung third set medyo nag-relax bumigay hanggang sa makuha rin nila yung fourth set malakas naman yung Tacloban din talaga gusto rin manalo ng last game nila,” said BanKo head coach Dong Dela Cruz, who tweaked his rotation to give his starters some time rest heading into the semis.

The Perlas Spikers broke an 8-8 tie in the deciding frame with Tiamzon scoring back-to-back hits to put BanKo up, 11-8. The former University of the Philippines star scored on another attack to push the Perlas Spikers’ lead to 13-9 before Heather Guino-0 committed an attack error that put BanKo at match point.

The Fighting Warays saved two match points before Tiamzon sealed the win with a down the line hit.

Jovielyn Prado posted 20 points highlighted by 17 kills laced with 21 digs and 13 excellent sets for Tacloban, which closed its campaign at sixth spot with a 6-8 mark.

Guino-o had 17 markers, Shola Alvarez got 11 while Andrea Marzan added 10 in a lost cause for the Fighting Warays.



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