PVL semis: PetroGazz survives Banko Perlas' Game 1 threat

MANILA, Philippines – The PetroGazz Angels overcame a tough challenge from Banko Perlas to boost their bid for a 2019 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Reinforced Conference finals berth.

The Angels looked primed for a straight-set win, but stumbled to win Game 1 of the semifinals in 4 sets, 25-19, 25-15, 19-25, 25-12, on Wednesday, July 3, at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. 

PetroGazz's Cherry Nunag emerged as the player of the game with 12 points off 9 attack, 2 blocks and 1 ace. 

No. 1 seed PetroGazz aims to sweep the series on Saturday, July 6, at the Ynares Center in Antipolo. 

Banko Perlas, the 2018 2nd runner-up, had a strong start to the match until PetroGazz turned them back midway through the opening frame. 

The Angels showed no mercy as they built from a 5-1 start to the 2nd set and stretched the lead to 10 points that gave them a 2-0 match lead.

The Perlas Spikers, though, surprised the crowd with a 6-2 start in the 3rd set and sustained their momentum with captain Nicole Tiamzon lifting them. 

But the Angels proved that the 3rd set was just a hiccup to their performance as they built an 11-point lead, 20-9, in the final frame on the way to wrapping up the series opener. – Rappler.com




Beatrice Go

More commonly known as “Bee”, Beatrice is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Phillippine 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.