PVL: Angels keep clean slate intact, win 7th straight
Mark Escarlote on Jun 16, 2019 03:40 PM
PetroGazz collected its seventh straight victory and handed BalIPure its sixth loss in as many games.
IMUS, Cavite -- Undefeated and Final Four-bound PetroGazz continued with its winning romp after collecting its seventh straight at the expense of listless BaliPure, 25-19, 25-22, 25-18, on Sunday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference at the Imus City Sports Complex here.
Once again leaning on the prolific scoring duo of American Janisa Johnson and Cuban Wilma Salas, the Angels solidified their hold of the top spot as they build momentum heading into the best-of-three semifinals.
Johnson and Salas poured in the much-needed points especially in the second frame where PetroGazz came back from five points down midway in the set.
After shaky starts in the first two frames, the Angels controlled the third set early and kept the Water Defenders at bay with a comfortable cushion as PetroGazz completed its elimination round head-to-head sweep of BaliPure.
"It happens," said Johnson of their early struggles. "We can’t always be perfect but I mean we’ve been practicing being in tough scenarios where we have to come back from being down."
"Of course we can’t always have the start that we want but in the end it matters how we finish the game. We finish on how we wanted to," she added.
The Angels had a scare in the second set after BaliPure opened a 14-9 lead behind Montenegrin Danijela Dzakovic and Alexandra Vajdova of Slovenia and with PetroGazz piling up errors. The Angels countered with a strong rally to take the lead 20-17 capped off by Jeanette Panaga’s back-to-back aces and a kill block by Cherry Nunag.
Johnson put PetroGazz at set point off a kill, 24-20, before the BaliPure saved two set points capped by Dzakovic’s block on Johnson. The American reinforcement sealed the set win with a hit.
PetroGazz had some trouble in the opening set as the Water Defenders kept the game close, 16-15, before the Angels made a closing 9-4 rally to take the frame.
BaliPure absorbed its sixth loss in as many games.
(To be updated)
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