PACIFICTOWN-Army dug deep on its arsenal to outlast BanKo-Perlas, while newcomer Motolite finally barged into the win column yesterday in the PVL Reinforced Conference at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
The Lady Troopers wrested solo third but had to rally from a 1-2 set deficit to beat the Perlas Spikers, 25-22, 23-25, 27-29, 25-20, 15-7.
Motolite averted a winless first round by whipping BaliPure, 25-16, 25-21, 25-18.
Jenelle Jordan, Olena Lymareva-Flenk, Royse Tubino and Alina Bicar produced their usual numbers but it was substitute Jem Gutierrez who proved to be the main difference late in the game in Pacifictown-Army’s third win against two losses.
BanKo-Perlas lost steam in the fifth set, trailing 1-8 and never recovered from there in the longest game of the tournament that lasted for two hours and 21 minutes.
The Perlas Spikers, who have yet to win back-to-back matches in the conference, fell at 2-3 in fourth place.
”Match na match kami ng BanKo-Perlas. Actually, first four sets, halos dikit na dikit kami, nagkakahiwalay kami pagdating sa dulo. Iniiwasan naming mag-fifth set kasi siyempre, kagagaling namin sa laro kahapon (Saturday),” said Lady Troopers mentor Kungfu Reyes.
Entered late in the fourth set, Gutierrez responded well with seven points, mostly down-the-line kills, and provided the game-changing moments for Pacifictown-Army.
“We just wanted to end the first round on a positive note. It was really a tough week for us,” said Motolite coach Air Padda.
Channon Thompson delivered the goods for the victors with 20 points, including four blocks and two service aces, and seven receptions while Marist Layug and Tots Carlos each had eight markers.
Jordan led the Lady Troopers with 23 points, including two blocks, Lymareva-Flenk had an all-around outing of 19 points, 14 receptions and 13 digs while Tubino chipped in 16 points.
Bicar, University of Santo Tomas’ main setter, also shone with 10 points, including four service aces, and tossed in 26 excellent sets.