PVL: Lady Jet Spikers record fifth win in a row
Mark Escarlote on Sep 22, 2019 04:16 PM
Philippine Air Force sustained its hot streak as it rolled past BanKo in straight sets. (Richard Esguerra)
Soaring Philippine Air Force caught BanKo flatfooted to cruise to its fifth straight win, 26-24, 25-8, 25-21, on Sunday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
With veteran setter Wendy Semana distributing the ball well for the Lady Jet Spikers' balanced scoring, Air Force exacted revenge on its first round tormentor to even its win-loss record to 5-5.
“Tabla na, babawi kami five-five pero hindi kami hihinto, dire-diretso pa rin kami. Padayon lang, tuluy-tuloy lang,” said Lady Jet Spikers coach Jasper Jimenez.
Semana tallied 23 excellent sets that helped Air Force smash 44 attacks. Joy Cases had an all-around performance with 15 points, all but one coming off attacks and added 15 digs, while the towering Dell Palomata scored 14 markers off 12 spikes and two kill blocks for the Lady Jet Spikers.
May Ann Pantino registered 13 points while Judy Ann Caballejo had eight points for Air Force, which got 21 free points off the BanKo’s 21 errors including the game-clinching attack miscue by Sue Roces.
The Lady Jet Spikers used the momentum of their first set escape to control the match. Down, 22-24, Air Force scored four unanswered points to steal the opening frame.
An 8-1 start gave the Lady Jet Spikers full control of the second set, which they went on to win in just 18 minutes.
Air Force broke the game open midway in the third set and moved at match point, 24-19, before the Perlas Spilkers saved two points.
It would only delay the inevitable, as Roces surrendered the game with an attack error.
BanKo fell to 6-4 slate tied with PacificTown Army.
Dzi Gervacio was the only Perlas Spikers in double figures with 10 points while Nicole Tiamzon finished with nine.
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