Chery Tiggo rebounds, sweeps weary Perlas Spikers; Sta. Lucia snaps skid

The Chery Tiggo Crossovers exacted revenge in the 2021 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Open Conference after sweeping the weary Perlas Spikers, 25-10, 27-25, 25-23, at the Bacarra, Ilocos Norte bubble on Monday, July 26.

After suffering a five-set stunner loss to the gutsy BaliPure Water Defenders, Chery Tiggo got back in the win column with a 3-1 record while Perlas, playing catch-up in the schedule after being quarantined, slipped to a 0-2 slate after back-to-back losing days.

Shaya Adorador shone in her supporting role and was named Player of the Game with an all-around score line of 12 points with 6 attacks, 4 aces, and 2 blocks.

National team blocker Jaja Santiago topscored with 15 points off 11 attacks, 3 blocks, and an ace while 44-year-old playing coach Tina Salak turned back the clock with 14 excellent sets and 4 points.

Reeling from a 10-25 first set whooping, Perlas regrouped well in the second set, and rose all the way to set point, 24-22, off a 5-0 run capped by a Sue Roces kill.

However, the Spikers  flopped in the clutch with consecutive reception and attack errors, thus opening the door for a Santiago-led closeout, 27-25.

Although the Spikers also started strong in the third frame with a 6-1 opening salvo, the Crossovers again caught up to lead, 13-12, off a Mylene Paat score. Both teams then went back and forth before Perlas again got on the verge of a set win, 23-21.

But seemingly in a replay of the set prior, multiple blunders again hounded the weary Spikers, as Chery Tiggo ended the game on a 4-0 run courtesy of one last Perlas attack error.

“Definitely I am happy. A win still feels different,” said head coach Aaron Velez after the win. “However, we still have a lot to fix because we relaxed back then. That was a learning experience from our previous match."

“But that's done already, so we just have to take it as a learning experience, and we just have to move forward given we have a lot of games in the coming days.”

Chery Tiggo will have two more games for the week, with the next one coming against the reeling Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors on Wednesday, July 28, 3pm.

Meanwhile, Perlas can get a breather with two days off as they shoot for their first win on Thursday, July 29, 3pm, against the Cignal HD Spikers.

Sta. Lucia snaps skid with 4-set win over gutsy Army

The Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors got back to their winning ways with a four-set win, 25-23, 25-20, 22-25, 25-18, over the Black Mamba Army Lady Troopers in the other game.

The Lady Realtors snapped their two-game skid, and rose to a 2-3 record while the Lady Troopers slid to a 1-3 slate right after falling in five sets by the slimmest of margins to the mighty Creamline Cool Smashers.

Jovy Prado topscored in the win with 17 points off 15 attacks and 2 aces for Player of the Game honors while MJ Phillips bounced back with 14 markers.

Off a slim 11-10 lead in the deciding fourth set, Sta. Lucia zoomed ahead with a crucial 6-0 run capped by a Phillips kill, 17-10. The Army then got as near as 5 points, 18-23, off a small run topped by a lucky Joanne Bunag chance ball that the Lady Realtors just stared at.

But that was the last gasp the Lady Troopers had as Jonah Sabete closed the game out, 25-18, with a booming hit off the Army over-receive.

Royse Tubino and veteran Jean Balse-Pabayo paced the loss with 13 points apiece.

While Realtors head coach Eddieson Orcullo was happy with the win, he did note that they still have to fix some inconsistencies if they want to move up the standings into title contention.

“’Yun minsan ang sakit namin. ‘Yung titigil, tapos tatrabaho ulit, titigil tapos trabaho so simple lang sinabi ko lang na nandito na tayo e, 'di ba? Baka 'pag dating sa dulo magsisihan pa tayo. Mas maganda ngayon pa lang, trabahuhin na natin,” he said.

(That’s our weakness sometimes. We’d stop, work, stop, then work again, so I just said that we’re here. Let’s not reach the point where we’d blame ourselves if we lose. It’s better if we work for this right now.)

Sta. Lucia has one chance left for the week to start a win streak as they next face the powerhouse Chery Tiggo Crossovers on Wednesday, July 28.

Meanwhile, the Army will next try to stop their skid against another win-hungry squad, the winless PLDT Home Fibr Power Hitters on Thursday, July 29. –