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PVL: Spikers wrest solo 2nd


Games Wednesday
4 p.m. – PetroGazz vs Pocari
6 p.m. – Creamline vs Tacloban

BanKo-Perlas hardly showed the effects of a long layoff, blasting a hapless Adamson-Akari side, 25-17, 25-17, 25-18, to wrest solo second in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan yesterday.

With Kathy Bersola, Nicole Tiamzon, Dzi Gervacio and Joy Dacoron combining on the firing end, the Perlas Spikers had little trouble disposing of the Lady Falcons for the second time and fashioning out the lopsided win in their return to action after sweeping the Iriga-Navy Lady Oragons last Oct. 24.

The Lady Falcons actually outhit their veteran rivals, 14-9, in the opening frame but the latter pounced on the former’s glaring 13 miscues to make up for their mediocre offense and post an easy eight-point win.

But the Perlas Spikers, who also beat the San Marcelino-based squad in four in the first round last Oct. 6, imposed their will in the second set, racking up four straight points on their way to another romp behind Tiamzon, Gervacio and Bersola, who finished with 13 hits. They then cruised in the third to break off a tie with the idle Creamline Cool Smashers at second with a 7-2 card.

Behind three straight wins, Ateneo-Motolite leads the eight-team field with an 8-2 slate, gearing up for a fierce showdown with BanKo-Perlas at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center in Bulacan on Saturday. The Perlas Spikers swept the Lady Eagles in the first round last Oct. 7.

The Lady Falcons, who continued to miss the services of injured top spiker Eli Soyud in their buildup for the UAAP wars, bowed out of the semis race with a 0-9 mark.

Meanwhile, PetroGazz firmed up its hold of the fourth spot with a 25-21, 25-19, 25-17 romp over Iriga-Navy late Saturday.

Skipper Paneng Mercado unleashed a 20-hit game, Maricar Baloaloa came through with four kill blocks and finished with 15 markers while Rachel Austero, Jonah Sabete, Cherry Nunag, and Jessey de Leon combined for 18 points as the Angels stopped the Lady Oragons’ two-game run to improve to 5-3.

That gave PetroGazz a one-and-a-half game cushion over fifth running Pocari-Air Force (4-5) heading to the final stretch of the double round elims of the season-ending conference of the league organized by Sports Vision.

Joanne Bunag and Grazielle Bombita pooled a 29-point game for the Lady Oragons, who dropped to 3-8 after winning over Adamson and Tacloban.

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