PVL: Perlas Spikers back on winning track
Mark Escarlote on Jun 05, 2019 07:18 PM
American import Kia Bright finished with 20 points to lead BanKo to a straight sets win over Motolite.
American import Kia Bright delivered down the stretch to turn back Motolite in a hard-fought, 26-24, 32-30, 26-24, decision on Wednesday as the Perlas Spikers rediscovered their winning ways in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Bright played clutch at crunch time to hold off Motolite’s late set rally the whole match to help BanKo deposit its second win in four games.
“I’m just glad we got the win,” said Bright, who shone the brightest in the extended second and third frames as she hammered the winning hits.
The second year import finished with 20 points with all but one coming off attacks while adding 15 excellent receptions and 13 digs for an all-around game for the Perlas Spikers.
Bright gave BanKo its second set point in the second set, 30-29, with a kill before Channon Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago tied it at 30. Bright answered back with back-to-back attacks to give BanKo a 2-0 match lead.
Bright once again led the way for Perlas Spikers in the third frame to tie it at 23. After Motolite import Krystel Esdelle of Trinidad and Tobago, who replaced injured Bosnian middle Edina Selimovc, committed a net touch in the next play, Isa Molde forced another extended set with an off the block hit.
Bright again took matters on her own hands with consecutive missiles to add more woes to an already reeling Motolite side.
“It’s one thing to get to go to those lengths in the game and you know to let it go. I think even though the other team challenged us a lot in the end we just never let go of holding that rope,” said Bright. “I think that’ growth for us and I’m proud of that for us to just hang in there during those tough times.”
Kathy Bersola and Turkish import Yasemin Yildrim added 11 markers each while Nicole Tiamzon scored 10 for the Perlas Spikers, who outgunned Motolite, 47-40, and held a 14-11 advantage on kill blocks.
Motolite absorbed their third loss in as many outings at the bottom tied with BaliPure.
Molde fired 16 points while Esdelle and Thompson scored 12 and 10, respectively, in a lost cause.
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