PVL: Angels draw first blood
Mark Escarlote on Jul 03, 2019 07:15 PM
PetroGazz drew first blood in the best-of-three semifinals series.
PetroGazz once again relied on its strongest weapon: relentless attacking.
Cuban import Wilma Salas and American Janisa Johnson displayed their scoring prowess to power the top seed Angels to a 25-19, 25-15, 21-25, 25-12, win over BanKo on Wednesday to draw first blood in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference best-of-three semifinals at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Salas scored 25 points with all but one coming off attacks and added 13 excellent receptions and 12 digs for PetroGazz, which outgunned the Perlas Spikers, 64-43, and nailed eight aces. Johnson had 23 markers including 21 spikes and also posted 16 receives and 14 digs for the Angels.
Cherry Nunag played an inspired game to finish with 12 points, wreaking havoc at the net with her quicks and blocking, while Jeanette Panaga tallied nine markers for the Angels.
After letting the third set slip off its hands, PetroGazz was quick to regroup in the fourth as the Angels built a 20-9 advantage off a Jeannete Panaga ace to bury the Perlas Spikers.
“Since semifinals na talaga ‘to, yung mindset ng mga players is nakatutok doon sa gusto talaga naming mangyari. Doon pa lang sa training nakita ko na may gusto talaga silang mapatunayan,” said PetroGazz head coach Arnold Laniog.
“Kanina first two sets, dominating, lalo na yung second set very satisfying dahil we played almost perfect dahil sa 25 points ginawa namin yung 24,” he added. “But going the third set nag-relax at nag-adjust din ‘yung opponent sa serve nila. Nagka-error-error kami sa pasa. Pagdating dun sa fourth bumalik yung focus ng mga players ko.”
The Angels, who spoiled the debut of American Stiix Horton as replacement for Turkish reinforcement Yasemin Yildirim, can close the series on Saturday at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo.
PetroGazz fell to a 12-18 hole in the third set before mounting a counterattack to get within two, 21-23, after Panaga’s easy hit off BanKo overreceive. Thai import Sutadtad Chuewulim and Horton sealed the frame with back-to-back hits to extend the match.
Chuewulim and Nicole Tiamzon scored 12 each while Horton had 11 makers for the Perlas Spikers.
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