BANKO-Perlas played with a sense of urgency to beat Motolite, 25-21, 25-19, 25-21, and check a two-game slide yesterday in the PVL Open Conference at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Dzi Gervacio was in the zone with 20 points, Sue Roces added 13 hits, including three service aces, while Nicole Tiamzon chipped in 12 points and 12 digs as the Perlas Spikers got the needed victory to remain in the top four range.
Now sporting a 7-5 card, BanKo-Perlas dislodged idle Pacifictown-Army (6-4) for the provisional hold of the fourth spot, while closing in on Motolite, which fell to third with a 7-4 mark.
Tots Carlos led Motolite with 14 points, including three blocks, while Isa Molde chipped in 10 hits, 10 digs and six receptions.
Myla Pablo, in her second game since returning from a back injury, also scored 10 points.
Jem Ferrer tossed in 30 excellent sets while libero Niña Balang collected 13 digs and 15 receptions for the Perlas Spikers, who were able to prune down their errors to 14.
Meanwhile, Adamson and University of Santo Tomas, unbeaten in the pool round, hope to sustain their impressive Collegiate Conference showing at the start of the semifinals today at the San Juan arena.
The Lady Falcons go up against College of Saint Benilde, the last NCAA team standing, at 9 a.m., while the Tigresses take on Ateneo in a rematch of last season’s UAAP Finals at 11 a.m.
Adamson and UST topped their respective groups at the end of the preliminary round with identical 5-0 records.
While the Lady Falcons are tipped to prevail over the Lady Blazers, the Tigresses are expected to have a tough duel with the Lady Eagles.
UST and Ateneo will cross paths for the first time since the Lady Eagles edged the Tigresses in three games in the UAAP women’s volleyball championship series last May.