PVL: Angels dominate Motolite for fourth straight win
Mark Escarlote on Sep 08, 2019 08:41 PM
PetroGazz rolled to its fourth straight win to move up to a share of the second spot. (Richard Esguerra)
PetroGazz took advantage of Motolite losing main scorer Myla Pablo to a foot injury in the second set to eke out a 25-21, 25-16, 28-26, victory and extend its winning streak to four on Sunday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The trio of Jonah Sabete, Jeanette Panaga and Cherry Nunag spearheaded the Angels’ assault to improve to 5-2 win-loss card tied with BanKo at second spot behind unbeaten Creamline (8-0).
Sabete fired 14 points with 12 coming off attacks, Panaga finished with 13 markers while Nunag got 10 points for PetroGazz, which snapped Motolite’s four-game winning streak.
The Angels had to weather Motolite’s late rally in the third set after coming back from a 22-24 deficit. Motolite even took two set point advantages before Sabete and Nunag scored back-to-back hits to seal the win.
“Siguro ‘yung maturity na lang talaga ng mga players and yung composure ang gumana kanina sa crucial point,” said Angels coach Arnold Laniog.
The Angels faced stiff resistance from Motolite in the opening set behind Pablo before hanging tough in the end to take the match lead. Motolite engaged PetroGazz in a see-saw battle in the second before Pablo went down grimacing in pain after hurting her right foot while trying to jump for a kill with her squad trailing, 9-10.
Pablo was stretchered off the court and had her foot iced. Initial findings revealed that Pablo suffered a metatarsal sprain and is set to undergo X-Ray and further examinations.
She sat out the remainder of the game and had 10 points including nine kills.
“’Yung moment na nadoon pa siya tralagang unstoppable siya. Sabi ko nga sa mga players, ‘Nababasa natin siya pero bakit di natin mahuli? May time naman na once maka-establish tayo ng block natsi-check natin pero kapag di naka-establish ang taas ng porsyento na makapatay,’” said Laniog.
“’Yun nga nangyari ang di natin inaasahan siguro nag-favor na lang sa amin. Although ayaw natin, tinake advantage na lang ng mga players namin na nawalan sila [ng main scorer],” he added. “Si Myla di talaga bumababa ng 20 points every game kumbaga nawala ang no. 1 main scorer nila.”
Tots Carlos got 10 markers while Isa Molde and Bern Flora had seven each for Motolite, which slid to 4-2 card.
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