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Contending Sta. Lucia, also-ran PLDT cruise to twin PVL sweeps

JR Isaga
Contending Sta. Lucia, also-ran PLDT cruise to twin PVL sweeps

ROLLING. Sta. Lucia chalks up its fourth win in seven games as it rides on a three-game winning streak.

PVL Media Bureau

Sta. Lucia breezes past BaliPure for its third straight win, while PLDT stuns Perlas for its first victory in the PVL Open Conference

The Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors steadied their revival from near-elimination in the 2021 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference with a three-set demolition of the BaliPure Water Defenders, 25-15, 25-12, 25-14, on Sunday, August 1.

Once down in the doldrums, Sta. Lucia is now back with a winning record at 4-3 off its third straight win as BaliPure headed the other way with its third consecutive setback for a 2-4 slate.

Jonah Sabete led the rousing win with 15 points off 11 attacks, 2 blocks, and 2 aces, while Dell Palomata added 11 markers off 6 spikes, and 5 blocks.

Newly crowned Player of the Week Jovie Prado stood back and let her teammates dish the most damage, but she did chip in 14 excellent digs and 3 points.

After running through the first set, Sta. Lucia then basically destroyed all traces of BaliPure’s comeback hopes after doubling the Water Defenders up in the second, 22-10, off a Phillips hit down the middle.

The Lady Realtors then completed a trifecta of routs in the third to aptly celebrate their third straight win.

Bern Flora and Genevieve Casugod paced BaliPure in another forgettable loss with 5 points apiece, while Prado’s Player of the Week predecessor Graze Bombita mustered only 4 markers.

Sta. Lucia will look to keep its momentum going with a win against the reeling Perlas Spikers at 6 pm on Tuesday, August 3, while BaliPure will try to end its skid against the powerhouse Petro Gazz Angels at 3 pm on the same day.

PLDT breaks through

Even also-ran teams got in on the sweeping action for the day as the PLDT Home Fibr Power Hitters blasted the Perlas Spikers, 25-22, 25-20, 25-21, for their very first professional win.

The Power Hitters at least won’t go back home winless now as they finally broke their six-game losing start that eliminated them quickly from playoff contention. Meanwhile, Perlas is still in the middle of figuring things out as it dropped to a 1-4 record.

Isa Molde topscored in the breakthrough victory with 14 points off 12 attacks and 2 aces, while Jorelle Singh and Chin Bases each chipped in 11 markers.

Alyssa Eroa, meanwhile, earned Player of the Game honors after scrapping for 22 excellent digs and 9 excellent receptions in the morale-boosting win.

After a nail-biting first-set win, the Power Hitters then eased up the pressure on themselves by turning a 12-12 second-set tie to a 19-13 lead off a 7-1 run capped by a Perlas net touch.

The lead ballooned as high as 7 point, 22-15, before Molde closed it out with a kill off the Perlas over-reception.

Although Perlas shored up its defense better in the final frame, its survival was not meant to be as PLDT turned a 19-18 lead to a 25-21 finish off another Molde set-ending hit.

Cherry Nunag was the only Perlas player in double-digit scoring as she finished with 14 points off 11 attacks and 3 blocks.

PLDT will try to start a late-season winning streak as it next faces BaliPure at 3 pm on Thursday, August 5, while Perlas will prepare against streaking Sta. Lucia at 3 pm on Tuesday, August 3. – Rappler.com

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