The Choco Mucho Flying Titans bucked a second set scare by the BaliPure Water Defenders, and came away with a four-set win, 25-23, 23-25, 25-15, 25-21, to strengthen their 2021 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference playoff bid on Friday, July 30.
With all the momentum in the world right now, the Flying Titans soared to a clean 5-0 record while the Water Defenders sputtered to a 2-3 slate.
Kat Tolentino led all team scorers by a wide margin with 25 points off 23 attacks, while star libero Denden Lazaro-Revilla scrapped for 31 excellent digs and 10 excellent receptions.
Off a frustrating 23-25 second-set loss that tied up the game at one set apiece, Choco Mucho rebounded hard with a 25-15 rout in the third, and used that momentum to take control for much of the fourth frame as well.
While the comeback spirit of BaliPure took over late to inch within one, 21-22, untimely attack errors ultimately spelled their doom, and opened the door for the Choco Mucho finish.
Reigning Player of the Week Graze Bombita paced the loss with 15 points off 12 attacks while Geneveve Casugod chipped in 10 markers.
Petro Gazz Angels down Perlas Spikers
As Choco Mucho flexed its strength with an impressive third set, the Petro Gazz Angels played the dominator role a whole lot better by doing that in three straight frames, 25-17, 25-18, 25-17, against the Perlas Spikers in the next game.
That rout gave the 2019 Reinforced Conference champions their fourth win in five games while Perlas rolled down to a 1-3 record at the conclusion of their second back-to-back set of the season.
Ria Meneses was a blocking machine in this one as she recorded 15 points on a whopping 10 rejections while Grethcel Soltones topscored with 17 markers.
Basically in a replay run of their first two sets, the Angels steadily rose to a comfortable lead in the third and final frame, highlighted by a 5-1 run that turned an 8-7 lead to a 13-8 gap.
Petro Gazz led by as many as seven, 16-9, before cruising away for good over the exhausted Perlas players.
The tiredness was evident in their production as Sue Roces led the way with only 7 points, while Nicole Tiamzon was limited to just 2 markers.
All four teams though may have some consecutive rest days coming their way as the league’s schedule for next week is set to be revealed soon. – Rappler.com