PVL: Lady Troopers win 'endurance match' to remain unscathed
Mark Escarlote on Aug 21, 2019 05:13 PM
PacificTown Army showed that that it had enough fuel on its tank to emerge unscathed after a marathon clash with ChocoMucho.
PacificTown Army's experience and veteran composure worked to its advantage on Wednesday to remain unscathed after two games in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference.
The Lady Troopers engaged the youthful newcomer ChocoMucho in a record-setting two-hour, 46-minute match to walk away with a hard-fought, 39-41, 19-25, 25-19, 25-20, 15-12, victory at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Honey Royse Tubino and Jovelyn Gonzaga led PacificTown Army to a 2-0 win-loss slate.
Gonzaga displayed her vintage form with 24 points with all but one coming of kills while adding 26 digs and 16 excellent receptions while starting in all sets for the Lady Troopers. Tubino added 21 markers, Nene Bautista chipped in 13 points while Gutierrez and Luth Malaluan finished with eight markers each.
“Wino-worry ko yung state ng katawan nila kasi ‘yun ‘yung medyo mabigat. Kumbaga sa tropa, alam mo namang ito yung pinaka-hate namin na mag-fifth set. Pero eventually sa first two sets in-evaluate namin,” said PacificTown Army coach Kungfu Reyes. “’Yung ginawa namin ng third set ibinaba namin ang tempo namin.”
“So tayuan muna, tayo mag-pace, tayo mag-control ng tempo ng game,” he added. “Tayuan, basahan lang, tapikan ng bola. Magaling kami sa sundutan eh. Yun nakuha namin. Pinilit namin na mangayaw yung mga bata sa amin.”
The Lady Troopers saw its 10-6 advantage in the fifth set evaporate with Cindy Imbo hitting three straight points for ChocoMucho and Jem Gutierrez committing an attack error for a 10-10 tie.
Tubino and Imbo exchanged hits for an 11-11 deadlock before Gonzaga’s off speed hit sparked a match-clinching 4-1 closing barrage to capture the victory.
ChocoMucho and PacificTown Army set a new league standard with the longest frame played in the opening set much to the delight of the fans who witnessed spectacular action. The Flying Titans saved a record 11 set points.
After taking the third set, the Lady Troopers regained their confidence as they caught up with ChocoMucho, who led for most of the frame, with a 7-0 closing swing to tie the match at two sets apiece and force a decider.
The Flying Titans came back from a 20-23 deficit in the first frame with Kat Tolentino tying the set at 23. Honey Royse Tubino put the Lady Troopers at set point before ChocoMucho displayed a gallant stand to save six straight set points.
Tolentino put the Flying Titans on top, 30-29. PacificTown Army saved two set points and went back on top, 32-31, off a Jovelyn Gonzaga hit.
The Flying Titans saved two consecutive set points before moving in front, 34-33, after a Shang Berte ace. Jem Gutierrez knotted it at 34 on a hit before Bang Pineda’s down the line kill to put the Flying Titans at set point advantage.
Maddie Madayag sent her serve long for another deadlock followed by ChocoMucho’s three straight set points saved. The Flying Titans again went ahead, 39-38, off a Gonzaga attack error.
A service error by Arianne Angustia locked the score at 39 before Luth Malaluan’s service error and Tolentino’s kill as ChocoMucho emerged on top after a draining set.
Obviously winded after the first frame, the Lady Troopers were easy picking for ChocoMucho in the second set that also made another sub-story with Manilla Santos-Ng clinching it with a crosscourt hit in her first attack point since Game 3 of the UAAP Season 71 back in 2009.
PacificTown Army found second wind in the third frame to make it a more interesting and thrilling match.
The Flying Titans absorbed their first loss in two games.
Tolentino paced ChocoMucho with 23 points whie Madayag had 15. Bang Pineda scored nine markers while Acy Masangkay tallied 28 excellent sets in a lost cause for the Flying Titans, who played its second game sans Bea De Leon (rest).
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