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Petro Gazz downs Army in rain-delayed PVL game

Delfin Dioquino
Petro Gazz downs Army in rain-delayed PVL game

TOPSCORERS. Gretchel Soltones (second to left) and Ria Meneses (middle) link up to lead Petro Gazz to a win.

PVL Media Bureau

After waiting for hours as heavy rain put the PVL match on hold, Petro Gazz goes on to beat Army in four sets behind four players in double figures

Petro Gazz bucked a long delay to thwart Black Mamba Army, 25-19, 22-25, 25-20, 25-21, for a winning start in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference in Ilocos Norte on Sunday, July 18.

After waiting for hours as heavy rain rendered some spots of the PCV Socia-Civic Cultural Center court slippery, the Angels delivered a promising performance behind four players in double figures.

Gretchel Soltones topscored for Petro Gazz with 18 points built on 16 attacks, while Ria Meneses proved to be an impenetrable wall with 16 points off 9 blocks.

Myla Pablo also churned out 16 points for the Angels and Ces Molina chimed in 15 points.

Breaking a 1-1 deadlock with a decisive victory in the pivotal third set, Petro Gazz wrapped up the match thanks to a handful of Lady Troopers’ miscues in the fourth set.

Up 23-21 after Soltones and Joanne Buag traded hits, the Angels clinched the victory following back-to-back Royse Tubino spiking errors.

Jovelyn Gonzaga powered Black Mamba Army with 17 points, while Bunag and Tubino contributed 14 and 13 points, respectively, in the losing effort. –

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.