PVL: Lady Troopers strike back, repeat over Lady Red Spikers
Mark Escarlote on Sep 18, 2019 04:12 PM
PacificTown Army rediscovered its winning ways to start the second round on a high note. (Richard Esguerra)
Honey Royse Tubino and Jem Gutierrez stepped up in the absence of Jovelyn Gonzaga to lead PacificTown Army in making quick work of winless Chef’s Classics, 25-11, 25-23, 25-17, on Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The duo scored 15 points each as the Lady Troopers rebounded from a straight sets loss to Air Force last Saturday to open the second round on a high note for a 5-4 win-loss record.
Tubino had 13 kills and a pair of aces while Gutierrez got 11 kills, three kill blocks and an ace to go with seven digs for PacificTown Army, who played sans Gonzaga and head coach Kungfu Reyes as they joined the national team in Thailand for the inaugural Southeast Asian Grand Prix in Nakhon Ratchasima on Sept. 20-22.
“Kailangan naming makabawi doon sa nangyari sa Air Force,” said assistant coach Rico De Guzman, who took over the reins for Reyes. “Like depensa, yun ang pinakaginagawa namin ngayon sa training. Doon ko sila dini-develop na maging positive, may leadership at teamwork doon sa loob ng court. Nadyan naman ang skills nila.”
De Guzman added that after that disastrous loss to the Lady Jet Spikers that saw their two-game win streak snapped, he tweaked the team’s defensive pattern to help the Lady Troopers repeat over the Lady Red Spikers.
“Ang ginawa kong adjustment lang yung pattern defense, kasi mayroon naman kaming opensa eh,” he said. “Ang nangyayari na lang ay kung paano mo imo-motivate ang player, paano mo sila itataas.”
Ging Balse-Pabayo added 10 points while Alina Bicar had 12 excellent sets for PacificTown Army, which also swept Chef’s Classics in the first round.
The Lady Red Spikers absorbed their ninth loss in as many outings to remain at the cellar.
Nieza Viray was the only Chef’s Classics player in double figures with 15 points.
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