MANILA, Philippines – A two-set deficit did not derail Banko Perlas from nearing its goal of clinching 3rd place in the 2019 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Reinforced Conference.
The Perlas Spikers took Game 1 of the best-of-three battle for bronze after rallying past Pacifictown Army in 5 sets, 25-27, 10-25, 27-25, 26-24, 16-14, on Wednesday, July 10, at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Nicole Tiamzon led the comeback with 18 points off 15 points, 2 aces and 1 block to go with 13 excellent digs.
“Tuloy-tuloy kasi, nasa amin ’yung momentum eh. Kung mapapansin niyo, come-from-behind lahat ng panalo. So talagang patibayan ng loob,” Tiamzon said of the thrilling win.
(We were riding the momentum. If you noticed, our wins in the last 3 sets were all come-from-behind. So it’s how strong our willpower is.)
Banko Perlas aims to sweep the series on Saturday, July 13, 2 pm, at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
The neck-and-neck 5th set ended with Tiamzon nabbing match point for Banko Perlas and Royse Tubino ending the rally with an attack error.
Olena Lymareva-Flink led Pacifictown with 26 points while Tubino chipped in 24 points in the losing effort.
After edging out Banko Perlas in an extended opening frame, Pacifictown Army rode on its momentum with a massive 9-0 run, 19-5, that left the Perlas Spikers with no chance to mount a comeback.
The 3rd frame, though, turned out to be a different story as the Perlas Spikers fired a 9-1 run that brought it to set point, 24-22.
Army didn’t let up with Lymareva-Flink and Jovelyn Gonzaga combining for back-to-back points to extend the set, 24-all. Banko Perlas then responded to reach its 3rd set point before Nicole Tiamzon wrapped up the frame with a tip, 27-25, to extend the match.
Despite fielding an all-Filipino rotation, Banko Perlas stayed within reach of the Lady Troopers as Kathy Bersola tied the score at 19-all in the 4th.
Pacifictown was at match point, 24-21, but the Perlas Spikers unleashed a 5-0 run to force a deciding set. – Rappler.com