Jet Spikers outlast Nationals; HD Spikers take semis top seed

ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 02, 2019 09:17 PM
 Jet Spikers outlast Nationals
Philippine Air Force outgunned Rebisco-Philippines for its 10th win in 11 games.

Philippine Air Force showed its might as it overpowered Rebisco-Philippines, 25-23, 9-25, 23-25, 25-23, 16-14, Tuesday in the 2019 Spikers’ Turf Reinforced Conference at the Paco Arena in Manila.  

Ranran Abdilla uncorked 24 points coming off 17 attacks, six aces, and a block while also adding 21 receptions and six digs for an all-around performance for the Jet Spikers, who tied Cignal with a 10-1 win-loss record.

Fauzi Ismail added 14 markers for Air Force, which sent the Nationals to an 8-3 slate a day before the squad flies to Thailand for a weeklong tournament.

Ismail scored off a kill as the Jet Spikers broke a 14-14 deuce in the deciding frame. Madz Gampong then delivered the final blow with a kill from the right wing.

“Tinry ko ‘yung Air Force team ko kung hanggang saan sila aabot kapag wala yung sila Bryan [Bagunas], sila Kim [Malabunga], saka Francis [Saura], so ‘yun ginawa naman [nila] yung dapat nilang gawin,” said Air Force head coach Rhovyl Verayo.

“[Pinahiram] ko muna ‘yung ibang players ko doon sa National Team kasi they’re going to Thailand tomorrow ‘di ba, kasi alam ko hindi pa rin sila buo eh,” he added.

Bagunas collected 26 points on 22 attacks, three blocks, and an ace with his 17 excellent receptions for the Nationals.

The National Team is set to fly out to Thailand on Wednesday for the 2019 Sealect Tuna Volleyball Championships.

Meanwhile, after a disappointing loss to Sta. Elena last Sunday, Cignal vented its ire on the Animo Green Blazing Spikers, 25-21, 25-16, 25-17.

Ysay Marasigan paced Cignal with 12 points while Marck Espejo added 11 points for the HD Spikers, who took the top seed in the semis by virtue of higher tiebreak over Air Force.

Animo, who bowed out of competition with a 5-6 card, was led by Kieffer Reyes with six points.

In a battle of also-ran squads, the Phoenix Volley Masters ran past the Philippine Coast Guard Dolphins in four sets, 27-25, 25-21, 20-25, 25-20, to notch their second win in nine outings.

Razzel Palisoc fired 11 points on nine attacks and two blocks while Mark Enciso and Lorenze Santos had nine points each for IEM.

Jonarth Molinyawe and Esmail Kasim both scored 14 points for Coast Guard, who remained winless in nine starts.

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