PVL: Motolite returns to win column in five-set escape over BanKo

Mark Escarlote on Sep 11, 2019 09:59 PM
PVL: Motolite returns to win column
Tots Carlos dropped 29 points to lead Motolite in a five-set win over BanKo. (Josh Albelda)

Isa Molde and Tots Carlos took over in the fifth set as Motolite outlasted the veteran-laden BanKo, 25-16, 25-21, 19-25, 29-31, 19-17  , sans injured top hitter Myla Pablo on Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying Centre in San Juan.

The duo combined for eight points in the deciding frame to power Motolite back in the win column for a 5-2 win-loss record tied with PetroGazz at second spot behind league-leading and unbeaten defending champion Creamline (8-0) and snapped the Perlas Spikers three-game win streak.

Carlos exploded for 29 points in a great display of her firepower as the University of the Philippines standout hammered 26 kills with two aces and a kill block while Molde pounded 21 attacks in her 24-point outing which she laced with 18 digs for Motolite, which gave Pablo, who sustained a right foot injury in the team’s straight sets loss to PetroGazz last Sunday, an advance birthday gift. Pablo will turn 26 on Thursday.     

“Wala naman kaming choice kasi wala ng ibang magi-step up sa team kundi kaming mga open spiker especially si Ate Myla malaking kawalan talaga siya sa amin,” said Carlos. “Kinausap naman na kami ni coach about it and kailangan talaga namin mag-step up.”

Motolite let slip an opportunity in the fourth set to finish the match when the squad squandered two match point advantages in the extended frame.

But Motolite took advantage of the Perlas Spikers’ errors in the fifth frame to take a 14-13 lead. BanKo scored two straight points to take the match point advantage before Molde equalized with an off the block kill for a 15-15 count.

The Perlas Spikers again moved at match point advantage, 17-16, after a Dzi Gervacio kill. Bern Flora tied it at 17 before a costly attack error by Sue Roces followed by a perfectly-timed block by Marist Layug on Gervacio gave Motolite the hard-earned win.      

“Lahat naman nag-contribute noong fifth set, siguro kami lang ang pumatay pero lahat nag-contribute rin,” said Molde.

Flora added 17 markers, 18 digs and 17 excellent receptions as replacement for Pablo while Aie Gannaban had nine points including three from kill blocks for Motolite, which fire 68 attack points behind Iris Tolenada’s 34 excellent sets.

BanKo slid to 5-3 slate to close the first round.

Nicole Tiamzon led the Perlas Spikers, who had 31 errors including eight in the fifth, with 24 points, Gervacio had 21 markers, 15 digs and 16 excellent receptions while Roces had 10.  



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