PVL: Angels back in winning form
Mark Escarlote on Jun 23, 2019 06:33 PM
PetroGazz rediscovered its winning ways with a sweeping win over PacificTown Army.
BINAN -- PetroGazz bounced back mightily from its first setback of the tournament with a 29-27, 25-20, 25-14, victory over PacificTown Army on Sunday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference at the Alonte Sports Arena here.
Less than 24 hours after absorbing their first loss that snapped their seven-game winning streak at the hands of defending champion Creamline in a four-set decision, the Angels returned in the win column for an 8-1 win-loss record for the solo lead.
PetroGazz, which closes its elims campaign on Saturday against Motolite, had to battle its way through a frantic race to the finish in the extended first set before settling down to hand the Lady Troopers their fourth loss in eight games.
Cuban Wilma Salas finished with 22 points anchored on 18 attacks, two kill blocks and two aces while adding nine excellent receptions for the Angels, who outgunned PacificTown Army, 50-37. American Janisa Johnson got 21 points with 18 coming off kills while Cherry Nunag posted seven markers for the Lady Troopers, who had eight kill blocks.
PetroGazz struggled in the first two sets as the Lady Troopers proved to be one tough nut to crack. PacificTown Army just wouldn’t give the opening set to the Angels easily saving five set points before Salas claimed the set for PetroGazz with a hit followed by a service ace.
The Angels again encountered tough resistance from the Lady Troopers in the second before pulling through.
“Kasi nu’ng first two sets wala kaming comfortable na lead dahil yung Army mga beterano yan, hindi yan basta-basta, lalamang kami biglang hahabol agad. Nung nag-third set nag-adjust na,” said PetroGazz coach Arnold Laniog.
The Angels went down 8-10 in the third set before mounting a scoring barrage to create a 22-12 separation.
“Sinasabayan namin yung pacing ng kalaban. Kaya sabi ko nung last set, kung kaya na manalo tayo ng convincing, (gawin natin),” said Laniog.
Ukrainian import Lena Lymareva-Flink was the only Lady Trooper in double figures with 16 points while Jem Gutierrez and American Jenelle Jordan had seven and five markers, respectively.
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