Sweep by Angels

PETROGAZZ completed a first round sweep but not without surviving a valiant fight put up by Pacifictown-Army in the second set, while Creamline gave coach Tai Bundit a successful return yesterday in the PVL Reinforced Conference at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

The Angels made quick work of the Lady Troopers, 25-12, 29-27, 25-15, while the Cool Smashers overcame a sluggish opening set to beat Motolite, 13-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-23, for their third straight win.

As the games go tougher in the second round, PetroGazz coach Arnold Laniog wants his troops to be prepared not only in terms of physical, but also psychologically.

"Bukod sa conditioning, binabantayan namin yung mental aspect," said Laniog.

Not only the Angels remain unbeaten in five contests, but they haven't dropped a set in the season-opening conference.  

Pacifictown-Army was three points away from leveling the match at one set apiece, 22-17, but PetroGazz showed composure under pressure to complete the comeback and take a 2-0 set lead.

The Angels then dominated the third frame to complete the straight-set romp, sending the Lady Troopers to their second loss in four matches.      

Motolite saved two match points but setter Fen Enmas committed a service error that gave Creamline the victory.

Thai Kuttika Kaewpin produced 17 kills as the Cool Smashers continued their rise from a season-opening loss to the Angels.

Creamline skipper Alyssa Valdez knows that her team is still on the way of reintroducing Bundit's successful formula that gave them two PVL team.

"Knowing coach Tai's program, I guess we are trying to adopt sa system niya," said Valdez. "If we play happy and there's strong heart, kaya."

Prolific Cuban import Wilma Salas, who came through with 27 points highlighted by six service aces, has summed it up PetroGazz's first round juggernaut.

"Very good. Happy," said Salas, who also collected seven digs.

American Janisa Johnson had three blocks and two service aces to finish with 22 points, Kai Baloaloa also had three blocks for a seven-point outing while Djanel Cheng tossed in 15 excellent sets for the Angels.

Ukraine's Olena Lymareva-Flink and United States' Jenelle Jordan each scored 11 points for Pacifictown-Army.