PVL: Angels make Finals debut
Mark Escarlote on Jul 06, 2019 03:48 PM
PetroGazz clinched a ticket to its first-ever Finals appearance.
ANTIPOLO -- PetroGazz made its breakthrough Finals appearance after completing a best-of-three Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference semifinals series sweep of BanKo, 25-23, 25-18, 25-17, on Saturday at the Ynares Sports Center here.
The Angels played an inspired game with setter Djanel Cheng utilizing PetroGazz’s gunners in Cuban Wilma Salas and American Janisa Johnson while Jeanette Panaga and Cherry Nunag made solid showing at the net to help the squad advance to championship round.
The Angels took Game 1 in four sets.
Salas scored 23 points while Johnson had 13 markers with the same number of digs and receives for PetroGazz. The duo combined for 33 attacks - five more than the total of spike points scored by the whole BanKo squad. Panaga had nine markers while Nunag got seven for the the Angels, who joined the league ust last year.
“Unang-una di halatang masaya pero masayang-masaya,” said PetroGazz coach Arnold Laniog. “Kumbaga lahat ng sacrifices ng mga players, nagbunga.”
PetroGazz, which won four straight, will face defending champion Creamline in the best-of-three Finals starting Wednesday.
Cheng tallied 21 excellent sets that helped the Angels score 47 attack points while libero Cienne Cruz took care of the floor defense with 11 receives and nine digs.
After a tight first set escape, PetroGazz encountered stiff resistance from BanKo with American import Stiix Horton and Nicole Tiamzon leading the way to tie the second set at 7. The Angels broke free midway in the frame to build a 20-14 gap before closing out the set.
The Perlas Spikers took an early lead in the third only to quickly fade away as PetroGazz walked its way into the Finals.
Horton finished with 10 points as the only Perlas Spikers player in double figures. Tiamzon finished with eight while Kathy Bersola an Thai import Sutadta Chuewulim were limited to only five markers each for Banko, which was relegated to the battle for third against PacificTown Army.
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