AIR Force continued to fly high as it took down Pacifictown-Army, 25-22, 25-21, 25-19, for its third straight win in the PVL Open Conference on Saturday at the Arena in San Juan.
Dell Palomata scored 20 as Air Force beat Army in one hour and 22 minutes, finishing the first round in sixth place with a 3-5 win-loss record.
Palomata had 17 kills and three blocks, while Judy Caballejo and May Pantino added in nine points each.
Veteran playmaker Wendy Semana made 30 excellent sets and scored three.
Air Force head coach Jasper Jumenez was glad that his wards were able to sustain the momentum from their pocket tournament victory over Army few weeks ago.
“Talagang sobrang proud ako sa nilaro namin ngayon. Dati naman naming ginagawa, nawala ang kumpiyansa, ngayon bumalik,” said Jimenez. “Kahit na ganoon kaganda may hinahanap pa. Naswerte lang na nawalan din ng receive ang kalaban although kami rin muntik nu’ng first set namin.”
“Sana magtuluy-tuloy pa para makapasok kami sa top four. Yun naman ang aim ng team, makapasok muna sa top four and another plan naman pagdating doon,” he added.
Royse Tubino was the lone Lady Trooper to score in double figures with 13 points, while Jovelyn Gonzaga had nine markers laced with 10 digs and six excellent receptions.
Pacifictown-Army finished the round with a 4-4 card at fifth place. Reyes and Gonzaga will be missing the matches against Chef’s Classics on Wednesday and BaliPure on Saturday next week as they join the Philippine women’s volleyball team in a tournament in Thailand.