PVL: Perlas Spikers hurdle Lady Eagles to snatch semis Game 1
Mark Escarlote on Nov 28, 2018 09:34 PM
BanKo continued its dominance over Ateneo-Motolite to inch closer to a breakthrough Finals appearance.
BanKo yielded sets to Ateneo-Motolite for the first time in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference Wednesday night.
But it proved to be just a hiccup in the Perlas Spikers’ drive for a spot in the Finals.
BanKo relied on their grizzled veterans in the deciding frame to prevail over the gritty Lady Eagles, 25-23, 25-19, 21-25, 19-25, 15-6, and take Game 1 of the best-of-three Final Four at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Kathy Bersola, Nicole Tiamzon and Sue Roces powered the Perlas Spikers’ strong start in the deciding frame that saw BanKo create an 11-3 gap. Dzi Gervacio joined the scoring spree, sealing the win with back-to-back kills.
“First two sets nandoon ang game plan namin eh, na-execute namin ng mabuti tapos noong third and fourth medyo nagkarga sila ng service saka yung receive nila gumanda kaya na-execute rin nila ang mga plays nila,” said Perlas Spikers coach Dong Dela Cruz.
“(Sa fifth) ano lang naman yan, they have to go back kung ano ang ginagawa nila sa first and second sets. Ang instruction ko lang naman ibalik nila kung ano ang dating ginagawa nila and siguro beterano ang mga ito kaya gusto nilang manalo kaya ganoon ang start nila (sa fifth set),” he added. “Against Ateneo hindi sila pwedeng bigyan ng lamang kasi nagkakaroon sila ng kompiyansa.”
Tiamzon posted 25 points with 21 coming off attacks, including four in the fifth set, while Gervacio finished with 20 markers built on 17 kills and three aces on top of 16 digs for the Perlas Spikers.
Bersola had 16 points, seven off kill blocks, while Roces had 12 for BanKo, which is a win away from a breakthrough Finals appearance after a third place finish in the Reinforced Conference.
Game 2 is on Saturday and if needed, Game 3 is on Sunday.
Kat Tolentino registered 20 points, Ponggay Gaston had 14 markers while Maddie Madayag and rookie Vanessa Gandler chipped in 12 and 11 points, respectively, against Ateneo-Motolite, which has yet to win a match against the Perlas Spikers.
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