PVL: Angels forge winner-take-all

Mark Escarlote on Jul 13, 2019 06:34 PM
PVL: Angels forge winner-take-all
PetroGazz forced a winner-take-all Game 3.

PetroGazz scheduled a winner-take-all Game 3.

Cuban Wilma Salas and American Janisa Johnson unleashed a monstrous scoring salvo to fuel PetroGazz’s 15-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-12, Game 2 win over defending champion Creamline to tie the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 best-of-three Finals to 1-1 at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Saturday.

The rubber match is on Sunday at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo.  

The Angels, which snapped Creamline’s 12-game winning streak, capitalized on the momentum of their tough showing late in the third frame to clobber the Cool Smashers and stretch the series to a decider.

Salas scored all but one of her 23 points off kills while adding 13 digs and 10 excellent receptions for PetroGazz, which outgunned Ceamline, 53-41, in attacks and landed nine aces. Johnson posted 23 points in a full display of her scroring prowess with 18 kills, three aces and two kill blocks for the Angels. 

Jonah Sabete had nine markers while Jeanette Panaga ended with eight for PetroGazz.  

After a sluggish start, the Angels were able collect themselves in time to turn the tables around.

“I mean after the first set it was like okay a reality check and it kicked in,” said Johnson. “It’s now or never so we kicked in just in time and I'm proud of my team.”

PetroGazz showed great grace under pressure in the third set, staving off the Cool Smashers’ rally to take a 2-1 match lead.

The Angels saw its 20-16 lead evaporate as Creamline tied it at 21 off an Ale Blanco kill block on Johnson. PetroGazz reclaimed the lead on a Johnson hit before Alyssa Valdez knotted the game at 22 off an attack.

Johnson sparked the closing rally with a kill followed by a Salas off speed before Johnson scored off a tap to seal the frame.

Creamline took the series opener in four sets last Wednesday.       

Valdez, who received her third conference Most Valuable Player, finished with 17 points, 12 digs and 10 excellent receptions while Thai import Kaewpin and Venezuelan Blanco had 13 and 10 markers, respectively, for the Cool Smashers. 

 

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