PVL: Lady Troopers salvage bronze medal finish
Mark Escarlote on Jul 14, 2019 04:37 PM
PacificTown Army snatches a podium finish in a thrilling Game 3 escape.
ANTIPOLO -- PacificTown Army came back from a 1-2 match deficit to rain on BanKo’s parade with a dramatic, 18-25, 25-16, 20-25, 25-15, 15-13, victory to claim the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference bronze medal on Sunday at the Ynares Sports Center here.
Down 6-10 in the fifth set of the best-of-three series decider, the Lady Troopers showed great character as they chipped away their deficit before completing the comeback with a hit from Ukrainian Lena Lymareva-Flink to break a 13-13 tie followed by Jovelyn Gonzaga’s series-clinching ace.
"Yung bronze shines like the gold para sa amin," said PacificTown Army coach Kungfu Reyes, whose squad snapped BanKo's two straight bronze medal run in their debut conference. "We've been disbanded for three years kasi wala kaming liga. Meron man, sa iba-iba naman naglalaro, pero we're slowly getting into shape kahit papaano, unti-unti."
Lymareva-Flink scored 32 points built on 29 kills and two aces while adding 17 excellent receptions for the Lady Troopers. American Jenelle Jordan had 19 markers while Royse Tubino added 12 points.
Gonzaga, who was emotional after the win, capped her return to competitive volleyball after a two-year hiatus due to a knee injury and military training with nine points including the winnin ace that ended the two-hour, five-minute duel.
The Perlas Spikers drew first blood, 25-27, 10-25, 27-25, 26-24, 16-14, last Wednesday before the Lady Troopers forced the decider on Saturday with a 25-23, 20-25, 25-20, 25-23 victory.
Nicole Tiamzon paced BanKo with 22 points highlighted by 20 spikes and added eight digs in a lost cause.
Thai Sutadta Chuewulim finished with 16 points while Dzi Gervacio had 13 for the Perlas Spikers, who gave away 23 points off errors. Suzanne Roces and Kathy Bersola had nine and eight points, respectively, while American import Stiix Horton was limited to two markers after seeing only two sets of action.
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