Air Force overcomes tough challenge from NU
Mark Escarlote on Jun 15, 2016 09:25 PM
Philippine Air Force's Jocemer Tapic (no. 17) and Joy Cases (no. 12) shut the door on National University's Jasmin Nabor.
Philippine Air Force completed a comeback from a set down getting the much-needed second wind in the fifth set to tame the gritty National University Lady Bulldogs, 23-25, 25-21, 13-25, 25-23, 15-8, to earn at least a semifinals seat playoff Wednesday night in the 13th V-League Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan.
The Jet Spikers bounced back from its first setback in the conference at the hands of Laoag last Saturday to improve to 4-1 win-loss record tied with BaliPure.
Veteran Judy Ann Caballejo scored 16 points coming off 13 kills, a pair of aces and a kill block to lead Air Force while Joy Cases dropped 14 markers.
Jocemer Tapic added eight points, May Ann Pantino added six while the return of 6-foot-3 Dell Palomata, who skipped the Jet Spikers’ straight sets loss to Laoag because of personal reasons, was hardly felt with only five points.
Air Force struggled in their net defense with just one kill block and service reception as they gave NU 11 service aces.
After going down 1-2 in the match, the Jet Spikers fought the Lady Bulldogs in a tight fourth set before holding on in the closing stretch to force a decider.
With the Jet Spikers’ confidence back, Air Force raced to a huge 10-2 lead. NU tried to mount a rally but fell short after a couple of miscues including a misreception that closed the two hour, two-minute match.
“Naka-block na kami noong last set, siguro yun kaya nakalayo saka gumanda rin ang service namin,” said Air Force coach Jasper Jimenez.
Jaja Santiago had 20 points while Risa Sato and Audrey Paran finished with 12 markers for NU.
Jorelle Singh registered 11 points while Jasmin Nabor dished out 46 excellent sets for the Lady Bulldogs, who slid to 2-3 slate tied with Laoag.
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