PETROGAZZ earned its first win in the PVL Open Conference following a 25-22, 25-18, 25-16 sweep of BaliPure yesterday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Jeanette Panaga scored 16 points, including three blocks, while Stephanie Mercado chipped in nine points for the Angels.
With the reality check setting in after a four-set loss to BanKo-Perlas last week, PetroGazz knows that its local crew needs to double the effort if it wants to follow up last month’s Reinforced Conference championship run.
“Ang mindset lang talaga eh ito start na talaga. Yung last game namin, off lang talaga. Hindi totally naka-focus talaga sa ginagawa nila,” said Angels mentor Arnold Laniog.
Unlike in the conference opener where it gave away 30 points from miscues, PetroGazz was successful in minimizing its errors to 22 which Laniog wanted to happen for his troops to prevail.
“Hopefully magtuloy-tuloy, but kalaban namin sa Sabado ang Creamline. Pampa-boost ng confidence talaga itong panalong ito,” said Laniog.
In the Collegiate Conference, Regine Arocha and Necole Ebuen teamed up for 20 points as reigning NCAA champion Arellano University overpowered Technological Institute of the Philippines, 25-12, 25-7, 25-13, while EJ Laure had a triumphant return after a two-year hiatus, scoring a service ace and a game-clinching kill in University of Santo Tomas’ 25-18, 25-13, 25-21 conquest of Lyceum of the Philippines University.
Charina Scott had 13 points to lead University of Perpetual System Dalta to a 25-14, 25-22, 22-25, 25-17 victory over San Sebastian in the last game.
Grazielle Bombita had 11 points, including two blocks, while Shirly Salamagos had two service aces for a seven-point outing for the Water Defenders.