PVL: Perlas Spikers near bronze medal finish

Mark Escarlote on Jul 10, 2019 05:21 PM
PVL: Perlas Spikers near bronze medal finish
BanKo marched closer to a podium finish.

BanKo moved win away from landing a podium finish.

The Perlas Spikers came back from two sets down before outlasting the Lady Troopers, 25-27, 10-25, 27-25, 26-24, 16-14, Wednesday in Game 1 of the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference best-of-three battle for third at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. 

BanKo held off the hard-fighting Army in the thrilling closing set. 

Ukrainian Lena Lymareva-Flink broke a 12-12 tie in the fifth with an off speed hit but Thai import Sutadta Chuewulim answered with a kill. American Jenelle Jordan put the Lady Troopers at match point before Sue Roces knotted it at 14 off a running attack. 

Nicole Tiamzon put Banko at match point advantage before the Perlas Spikers completed their great escape after a Royse Tubino attack error.  

Game 2 is on Saturday.  

Tiamzon finished with 18 points off 15 attacks, two aces and a kill block while adding 13 digs while Chuewulim and Dzi Gervacio got 15 and 13 markers, respectively, for BanKo, which ended a three-game losing skid and a two-game defeat over PacificTown Army in their conference head-to-head. Chuewulim displayed incredible floor defense with 31 digs and 18 excellent receptions.

“We have to go through with it, ‘yung frustrations siguro noong first set na hindi namin nakuha at ‘yung second set na hindi kami nakaikot,” said Tiamzon. “Kailangan namin i-cut ulit yun at mag reset. Kailangan namin labanan yung frustration kasi pag hindi namin nilabanan, kami rin ang maghahatakan pababa.”

Kathy Bersola and Roces posted 11 points each for the Perlas Spikers. 

After playing catch up to start the fourth,  BanKo tied the frame at 19 off a Kathy Bersola kill. Lymareva-Flink was quick to answer as the Lady Troopers sparked a run and took 24-21 lead.

Refusing to go down, the Perlas Spikers scored five straight points to spoil the fun for PacificTown to force a deciding frame.          

After a tight first set escape and with Lymareva-Flink leading the way, the rejuvenated Lady Troopers opened a 21-7 gap in the second set before cruising to a 2-0 match lead.

PacificTown Army again controlled the early going of the third frame, taking a 16-10 lead. BanKo cut it to 17-13 but the Lady Troopers were able to counterattack to take a 21-15 cushion.

BanKo mounted a 9-1 run capped by a Dzi Gervacio attack to take a 24-22 lead. Lymareva-Flink stopped tje bleeding with a down the line kill before Jovelyn Gonzaga forced a deuce at 24. Tubino was called for a net touch but the Lady Trooper quickly got the point back with a soft touch.

Chuewulim scored on a kill before Tiamzon's set-clinching dink off a service overreception to extend the match.       

In case of a tied series and the championship between PetroGazz and Creamline ends in two games, the bronze medal winner will be determined via FIVB tiebreak.

Lymareva-Flink hammered 24 kills for 26 points while Tubino scored all of her 24 markers on kills for the Lady Troopers. Jordan and Ging Balse-Pabayo had 18 and 12 points, respectively, while Gonzaga got six points, 23 digs and 17 excellent receptions in a lost cause.



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