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Sta. Lucia bounces back with PLDT sweep despite game delay

JR Isaga
Sta. Lucia bounces back with PLDT sweep despite game delay

STAR. Mika Reyes earns Player of the Game honors as Sta. Lucia breezes past PLDT.

PVL Media Bureau

Mika Reyes and MJ Phillips power Sta. Lucia to its first win in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference

The Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors earned their first ever professional win in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference with a three-set beatdown of the PLDT Home Fibr Power Hitters, 25-18, 25-19, 25-21, at the Bacarra, Ilocos Norte bubble on Monday, July 19.

Mika Reyes was named Player of the Game with 11 points off 9 attacks, 1 block, and 1 ace. MJ Phillips topscored with 14 markers powered by 5 blocks, while Dell Palomata and Aiza Maizo-Pontillas chipped in 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Actually lahat, maayos ‘yung game. ‘Yung buong team maayos naman ‘yung nilaro pati ‘yung mga nasa labas nagtrabaho rin sila,” said head coach Eddieson Orcullo.

Ang usapan kasi sa game plan, maglaro kayo diyan sa loob, maglalaro kami dito sa labas, kaya ayun, happy naman sa nilalaro nila.”

(Actually, everyone played well. The whole team played well and everyone outside the venue also worked. The game plan was just play the game inside, and we’ll work outside too, so there, everyone was happy with how it turned out.)

Off a tone-setting opening set win, the Lady Realtors pushed the momentum further in their favor with a big 13-4 run capped by an Aiza Maizo-Pontillas kill to take an 18-12 lead in the second set.

However, with Sta. Lucia leading 20-15, game action was again halted likely due to more weather-related issues that notably delayed the Petro Gazz-Army match by four hours on Sunday, July 18.

Although the venue roof was reportedly fixed after Sunday’s debacle, one spot was left leaking, which just happened to drip right on the court.

After just a 20-minute delay this time, the Power Hitters tried to rewrite the script with a 3-0 run, before the Realtors seized a 2-0 lead with a 5-1 response, 25-19.

Unlike their first game where they got walloped in a 6-25 third set, the Power Hitters went down swinging in this match and got as near as 21-22 from an 11-19 deficit before Sta. Lucia closed them out for good.

Sta. Lucia will look to gain momentum from this win as it next face the Cignal HD Spikers on Wednesday, July 21, the same day PLDT will try to regroup with a match against the Choco Mucho Flying Titans. – Rappler.com

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