PVL: Perlas Spikers near third place repeat
Mark Escarlote on Dec 05, 2018 06:38 PM
BanKo stepped closer to a third place finish in the PVL Season 2 Open Conference.
BanKo inched closer to a podium finish after taking down PetroGazz, 25-14, 28-26, 10-25, 25-19, Wednesday in Game 1 of the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference best-of-three battle for third at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Dzi Gervacio paced the Perlas Spikers with all but one of her 20 points coming off kills while playing superb floor defense with 18 digs and nine excellent receptions.
Kathy Bersola and Nicole Tiamzon had 11 and nine markers, respectively, for BanKo, which can duplicate its Reinforced Conference third place finish with another win.
“‘Yun ang sinabi namin sa mga players kasi emotional talagang medyo down ang team dahil sa nangyari sa semis pero wala nang magagawa doon, we have to move forward. Hindi talaga para sa amin, kaya itong third place pipilitin namin makuha,” said BanKo head coach Dong Dela Cruz, whose squad came off a painful Game 3 loss to Ateneo-Motolite in the Final Four.
Game 2 is on Saturday at the Batangas City Coliseum.
The Perlas Spikers started out strong before facing tough resistance in the second. Tied at 24 in the second frame, Sasa Devanadera came off the bench and provided instant offense as she scored on back-to-back quick attacks to close the set.
The Angels found renewed energy in the third and took advantage of BanKo’s sluggish game to save a set. But the Perlas Spikers were quick to get their bearing back to finish off PetroGazz.
Paneng Mercado had 15 markers while Jonah Sabete got 12 for the Angels. Cherry Nunag and Cai Baloaloa finished with 10 markers each for PetroGazz.
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