SURGING Air Force swept BanKo-Perlas, 26-24, 25-8, 25-21, for its fifth straight win yesterday in the PVL Open Conference at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
After opening the tournament with a 0-5 card, the Jet Spikers suddenly found themselves in the Final Four mix, avenging their straight sets loss to the Perlas Spikers last Aug. 17.
Joy Cases finished with 15 points and 15 digs and shone on both ends of the floor as she stood at the forefront of the Air Force onslaught and sustained the team’s momentum after the team’s string of victories over Chef’s Classics, Choco Mucho, Pacifictown Army and Motolite.
“Our hard work and training have been paying off. But we’re trying not to be pressured by our streak. We just play pressure-free, try to be more consistent and improve on our weaknesses,” said Cases.
Playing for the first time in almost two weeks, PetroGazz swept Chef’s Classics, 25-15, 25-19, 25-18, later in the afternoon to regain solo hold of second spot with a 6-2 card. The Red Spikers absorbed their 11th consecutive defeat.
The Lady Jet Spikers actually put on a strong finish in the extended opening set, saving two set points aided by Dzi Gervacio’s attack errors and winning it by two on a Dell Palomata kill block and on Aby Nuval’s ace.
“Tabla na, babawi kami five-five pero hindi kami hihinto, dire-diretso pa rin kami. Padayon lang, tuluy-tuloy lang,” said Air Force coach Jasper Jimenez.
BanKo-Perlas slipped to 6-4, and is now in joint third with Pacifictown Army with idle Motolite wresting solo second at 6-3.
With 10 straight wins, titleholder Creamline is a cinch to nail the first Final Four berth.
The Perlas Spikers failed to recover from that first set meltdown and the Lady Jet Spikers pounced on their sloppy plays and rolled to an easy victory.
Setter Wendy Semana tossed in 23 excellent sets while Dell Palomata and Panpan Pantino had 14 and 13 points, respectively, for Air Force.
Dzi Gervacio led BanKo-Perlas with 10 points.