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PVL: PetroGazz nails historic finals berth over Banko Perlas

Beatrice Go
PVL: PetroGazz nails historic finals berth over Banko Perlas

Josh Albelda

Top seed PetroGazz Angels advance to the Premier Volleyball League championship series for the first time

MANILA, Philippines – The PetroGazz Angels cruised to their first Premier Volleyball League (PVL) finals with a semifinal sweep of the Banko Perlas Spikers.

The league’s No. 1 seed took Game 2 of the best-of-three series in straight sets, 25-23, 25-18, 25-17, over last year’s 2nd runner-up on Saturday, July 6, at the Ynares Center in Antipolo. 

Wilma Salas, who has made PetroGazz a contender since her arrival, led the Angels with 23 points off 21 attacks and 2 blocks. 

The Angels will face the winner of the semis matchup between the Creamline Cool Smashers and the Pacifictown Army Lady Troopers, where the defending champions lead the series, 1-0. 

After narrowly edging out Banko Perlas in the opening set, the Angels rode on their winning momentum to easily take a 2-0 match advantage. 

The Perlas Spikers managed to keep the score even early in the 3rd set, 9-9, but PetroGazz pulled away with a massive 7-1 run that brought it to the cusp of a Finals berth.

Salas’ offspeed attack later sealed the win as a reception error from Banko Perlas cost the Spikers a chance to keep the match alive –

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Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.