BANKO-Perlas moved closer to achieving a “three-peat” for the bronze medal with a come-from-behind 25-27, 10-25, 27-25, 26-24, 16-14 win over Pacifictown-Army in the PVL Reinforced Conference yesterday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
When the chips were down, the Perlas Spikers again turned to MVP contender Nicole Tiamzon, who connected well with Jem Ferrer to shatter the match’s last stalemate at 14-14.
The Lady Troopers, who first reached match point, then completed the collapse after Royse Tubino’s attack hit the net that closed out the two-hour, 10-minute contest.
“We have to go through with it, yung frustrations siguro noong first set na hindi namin nakuha at yung second set na hindi kami nakaikot. Kailangan namin i-cut ulit yun at mag reset. Kailangan namin labanan yung frustration kasi pag hindi namin nilabanan, kami rin ang maghahatakan pababa,” said Tiamzon, who finished with 18 points and 13 digs.
“Tuluy tuloy kasi sa amin yung momentum e. Kung mapapansin ninyo, come from behind lahat ng panalo so talagang patibayan ng loob. Noong fifth set, sabi namin na ibigay na ang lahat, wala rin naman mawawala sa amin. We really wanted to win Game 1 of the battle for third,” she added.
BanKo-Perlas shoots for its third consecutive podium finish with another win in Game 2 at the San Juan arena.
Thailand’s Sutadta Chuewulim produced an all-around game of 15 points, 31 digs and 18 receptions, Dzi Gervacio added 13 hits while Kathy Bersola and Sue Roces each scored 11 for the Perlas Spikers.
Ukraine’s Olena Lymareva-Flink led Pacifictown-Army with 26 points while Tubino chipped in 24 kills. United States’ Jenelle Jordan had two blocks to finish with 18 points while Mary Jean Balse-Pabayo was the other player in twin digits with 12 points.