PVL: Lady Troopers book semis seat no. 3
Mark Escarlote on Jun 29, 2019 03:32 PM
PacificTown Army secured the no. 3 seat in the Final Four.
PacificTown Army pounced on a BanKo side that woke up on the wrong side of the bed to clinch the no. 3 seed in the Final Four with an emphatic 25-18, 25-14, 25-20 victory to close the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference elimination round on Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Ukrainian Lena Lymareva-Flink exploited the sluggish game of the Perlas Spikers, firing on all cylinders to pace the Lady Troopers to their fifth win in 10 outings that snapped PacificTown Army’s two-game slump.
Lymareva-Flink finished with 29 points off 23 attacks and six aces for the Lady Troopers, who hammered BanKo with 42 spikes and 10 aces. Jenelle Jordan, whose father Darin Jordan of the NFL Superbowl XXIX champion San Francisco 49ers watched the game live after flying in Thursday, added 11 markers for PacificTown Army.
“This is our A game,” said head coach Kungfu Reyes, who will leave his coaching duty to his assistants as he is set to handle the National U-23 women’s volleyball team in the 2019 Thailand Open Sealect Tuna Championships. “Almost fluid yung galaw, maganda yung service at first ball. May mga lapses pero nakakaatake yung (spikers) namin especially Olena.”
Honey Royse Tubino posted seven points while Jovelyn Gonzaga and Ging Balse-Pabayo combined for eight for the Lady Troopers, who needed only 68 minutes to seal the victory.
PacificTown Army, which completed an elims sweep of BanKo, will face in the best-of-three semifinals the no. 2 seed defending champion Creamline starting Wednesday.
Aside from a brief resistance in the third set that knotted the frame at 11-11, BanKo never got into the same groove that brought the squad back-to-back victories.
The Perlas Spikers slid to a 4-6 slate. BanKo will face top seed PetroGazz in the semis.
No player on BanKo side scored in double figures with Thai Sutadta Chuewulim and Dzi Gervacio limited to only eight points each while Nicole Tiamzon, who averaged 19 points in the Perlas Spikers' last two games, was shackled to only five markers.
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