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PVL: Ateneo rallies past PetroGazz

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Games today (Sunday)
4 p.m. – BanKo-Perlas vs Ateneo-Motolite
6 p.m. – Creamline vs Iriga-Navy

Ateneo fought back from 1-2 set down with a fourth set romp then Kat Tolentino took over as the Lady Eagles stormed to a 25-21, 17-25, 19-25, 25-14, 15-7 victory over the PetroGazz Angels for their second straight win in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan last night.

Coming off a long break, the Lady Eagles groped for form in the early going but rallied from eight points down to clinch the opening frame before losing control of their game, enabling the Angels to sweep the next two.

But just when the Angels thought they had heard the last of the Katipunan-based squad, the Lady Eagles got their second wind and refocused, clobbering the Angels in the fourth behind Maddie Madayag and rookie Vanessa Gandler before Tolentino stepped up to anchor the team’s four straight hits in the fifth that gave them a 6-2 upperhand.

Another Tolentino hit kept the Lady Eagles on top in the changeover, 8-4, and after the Angels pulled within 6-9 on a Paneng Mercado’s soaring attack, Tolentino again delivered and Ateneo pulled away at 12-6 aided by a Jonah Sabete’s attack error.

Madayag wound up with 13 attack points for 16 hits while spiking her equally superb defensive game with 13 kills blocks to earn the game’s top honors.

“I guess we fought really hard. We trusted each other and followed coach (Oliver Almadro),” said Madayag.

Tolentino highlighted her 24-point performance with key hits in the decider and the 6-2 third year hitter added three kill blocks and an ace.

Gandler also shone with 15 markers for the Lady Eagles, who stunned former champion Pocari-Air Force Lady Spikers in their opening game last Sept. 23.

Sabete topscored for PetroGazz with 13 hits while Mercado added 11 markers and Cherry Nunag chipped in 10 points for the Angels, who dropped to 3-3 in the double round robin elims of the season-ending conference.

In the second game, BanKo-Perlas showed no signs of slowing down as they defeated Adamson-Akari 25-20, 19-25, 25-22, 25-16 to stretch its win run to three. The win comes three days after they took the bronze in the Vinh Long Cup in Vietnam.

The Lady Falcons actually fought back to draw level in the second set and put up a tough stand in the third, only to stumble in the face of the Perlas Spikers’ strong finishing kick with the latter re-imposing their will in the fourth to complete the victory.

While BanKo-Perlas kept the lead at 3-0, Adamson dropped to 0-3.

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