PVL: Motolite zooms to fourth win in a row
Mark Escarlote on Sep 01, 2019 07:22 PM
Myla Pablo powered Motolite to its fourth straight win. (Josh Albelda)
Myla Pablo waxed-hot as Motolite stretched its winning streak to four in a daring five-set escape, 25-16, 22-25, 25-18, 23-25, 15-10, over veteran-laden PacificTown Army on Sunday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The prized hitter registered 24 of her 25 points on attacks and had plenty of help from young bloods Isa Molde and Tots Carlos to improve Motolite’s record to 4-1 at solo second spot behind unbeaten defending champion Creamline (6-0).
The trio connived in the fifth set with Molde hitting back-to-back through the block spikes to punctuate Motolite’s two-hour, 14-minute win.
Molde scored 19 points with all but one coming off kills and added 11 excellent receptions while Carlos had 14 markers, 17 digs and 10 excellent receptions for an all-around performance for Motolite.
It was an ugly victory according to head coach Godfrey Okumu.
“A win is a win but we won struggling,” said Okumu, who got a yellow card together with Fil-Am setter Iris Tolenada midway in the fifth set for continuous complaining.
Motolite broke free from a close 5-4 lead in the deciding frame with three unanswered points.
Okumu was booked with a yellow card after complaining on a non-call on Lady Trooper Alina Bicar’s two touches after a ball she retrieved also hit her shoulder. Tolenada also got a yellow after a long talk with the second referee.
Fueled by the calls, Motolite created a 13-9 separation. A service error from Marist Layug gave PacificTown Army a free point before Molde wrapped up the win with consecutive kills.
The Lady Troopers absorbed their second straight defeat for a 2-2 slate.
Jovelyn Gonzaga got 19 points and 20 digs, Royse Tubino put up 16 markers with all but one coming off spikes while Nene Bautista had nine markers for PacificTown Army.
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