PVL: Makuha sana namin ang momentum namin -- Tiamzon on BanKo's end of first round game
Mark Escarlote on Jun 07, 2019 04:39 PM
BanKo wants to start its push for a spot in the Final Four when the Perlas Spikers face PacificTown Army on Sunday in their end of first round elims clash.
BanKo is looking at their weekend game against PacificTown Army as a pivotal point in their campaign in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference.
Back in the win column, the Perlas Spikers aim to string back-to-back victories for the first time in the import-laden tournament when they march back into battle on Sunday to end the first round of eliminations.
BanKo is considered as one of the top title contenders with a veteran core and a talented returning American import in Kia Bright, but the Perlas Spikers struggled in form. The 2018 edition’s bronze medalists played four matches in eight days, winning only two.
“Makuha sana namin ang momentum namin kasi it’s only a month tapos sobrang dami naming, within a week ata naka-apat na games ata kami,” said Perlas Spikers hitter Nicole Tiamzon.
BanKo dropped its debut against league-leading PetroGazz, won against BaliPure but was knocked down by defending champion Creamline in the last of their back-to-back weekend schedule before bouncing back in a hard-fought, 26-25, 32-30, 26-24, win over newcomer Motolite.
“Sobrang dami talaga nu’ng laro so heto, sana itong game na ito [against Motolite] tapos ‘yung game sa Army ‘yun ang babaunin namin papunta sa second [round] elimination,” said Tiamzon, who is averaging 11.6 points per game as the most effective local so far in the scoring department.
Bright sees their tough win over Motolite as a test of their character and what they’ve learned in that match will help them moving forward.
“I think especially off that Creamline game, I don’t think anyone walked away feeling good about ourselves. We know we had a couple of sets that we felt we just kinda crashed as a team and we didn’t regroup. So I think that it is really good that we showed resilience in this game when the team began to push back on us,” she said. “I think we just had more accountability with ourselves and our teammates knowing and expecting more out of each other.”
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