Air Force soars for a share of the lead

Mark Escarlote on Jun 06, 2016 05:50 PM
Air Force soars for a share of the lead
Philippine Air Force collected its third win in a row for a share of the lead with Pocari Sweat.

Philippine Air Force crushed the fight out of University of the Philippines with an amazing comeback to steal the opening set that dictated the tempo in the Jet Spikers’ 27-25, 25-19, 25-17 victory Monday for a share of the lead in the 13th V-League at The Arena in San Juan.

Trailing 19-23 in the first frame, the veteran crew of Jasper Jimenez clawed its way out of the hole and saved two set points before pulling off an escape act that took the confidence out of younger UP squad.

"Siguro pina-practice namin 'yung ganoong sitwasyon. Kasi nagkakaroon kami ng (situational plays) na naghahabol kami, hinahabol namin yung ganoong puntos saka 'yung ganoong pressure so na-apply naman namin," said Jimenez. "Siguro 'yung tiwala rin nila sa isa't isa kaya ginawa rin nila siguro 'yun at nangyari yun dahil na-overcome nila ang pressure."

"Parang bumigay na rin ang kalaban dahil nanghinayang doon," he added.   

The Jet Spikers tied Pocari Sweat on top of the standings with an unblemished 3-0 win-loss record.

Neneng Tapic led the Air Force's assault with 15 points, Judy Ann Caballejo had 14 markers including 12 attacks while Dell Palomata unleashed all but one of her points from spikes.  

UP showed a sliver of resistance in the third set, cutting down a 10-15 deficit to 14-15 only to see the Jet Spikers pull away again 20-14 with the Lady Maroons hasting their own downfall with disappointing miscues.   

The Diliman-based squad absorbed their second straight loss in as many outings tied with provincial team Baguio.

Isa Molde and Kathy Bersola finished with seven points each while Diana Carlos had six for the Lady Maroons.





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