By Waylon Galvez
(The Arena, San Juan City)
2 p.m. – Choco Mucho vs Air Force
4 p.m. – PacificTown Army vs BaliPure
6 p.m. – BanKo-Perlas vs Motolite Air
Air Force finally scored its breakthrough win after outclassing Chef’s Classics, 26-24, 25-15, 25-22, in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Sunday night at The Arena in San Juan.
Dell Palomata powered the Jet Spikers with 16 hits, including three kill blocks to finally enter the win column following fives frustrating defeats in the nine-team tournament.
Palomata and her teammates took advantage of the Red Spikers’ miscues in the third, the last two on net violation and an attack error courtesy of a Mae Antipuesto kill blocks and Judy Ann Caballejo’s hit.
“We just helped each out there and we hope to get stronger after this (win),” Palomata as her points came from quick hits set up by Wendy Semana, who finished with 17 excellent sets.
While the win hardly moved Air Force in the standings, it should give itconfidence as the Jet Spikers aim for their second win when they face the Choco Mucho Flying Titans on Wednesday and the PacificTown Army Lady Troopers on Saturday at the close of their first round elimination assignment.
As for Chef’s Classics, the setback kept the young team winless in seven matches in its maiden stint in the league organized by Sports Vision and backed by KFC, Mikasa and Asics.
Air Force was forced to an extended duel in the opening frame when the Red Spikers foiled Palomata’s attack. But not to be denied, Palomata converted on another as she gave her team a 25-24 lead before Caballejo scored on a well-placed tip to end the first set.
After a dominant second set win, the third didn’t come easy for Air Force.
Palomata’s back-to-back hits tied the count at 14, and the Jet Spikers took a 23-20 advantage on back-to-back Mae Antipuesto kill blocks and Caballejo hit, before the Chef’s Classics took the next two points on a Caballejo attack error and a Maria Nieza Viray blast, 23-22.
In the second game, PetroGazz stretched its streak to four by beating Motolite with a 25-21, 25-16, 28-26 victory, moving to joint second with idle BanKo-Perlas.
It took the Angels a lot of work to score their fifth overall against two defeats.
Myla Pablo, who had to sit out the early part of the Reinforced Conference with a lower back injury, hurt her foot before she could even launch an attack with the score tied at nine in the second frame.
Pablo rolled on the floor in pain and was lifted on a stretcher to the dugout as team personnel iced her right foot.