AIR Force added Motolite to its victims, eking out a masterful 25-22, 25-23, 25-20 victory for its fourth straight win in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference on Wednesday at the Arena in San Juan City.
After a 0-5 start, the Lady Jet Spikers continued to upset contenders as they pounced on Motolite, which continued to miss Myla Pablo due to right metatarsal sprain, for an improved 4-5 win-loss record.
“Biniro ko nga yung ano kanina eh. Sabi ko, ‘straight set yan.’ Siguro nagkataon lang,” beamed Air Force head coach Jasper Jimenez. “Malaking (bagay) rin sa amin na nawala si Myla. Wala masyadong leader sa kanila, isang beterano na superstar pa. Doon tumaas lalo ang kompiyansa namin.”
Nobody scored in double figures for Air Force but its balanced-attack stunned Motolite, led by Tots Carlos’s 21-point effort, in an hour and 28 minutes.
Dell Palomata and May Pantino showed the way with nine points apiece. Joy Cases delivered eight hits, while Judy Caballejo added seven markers and nine digs.
Setter Wendy Semana paced the Lady Jet Spikers with 13 excellent sets on top of three markers.
Jimenez is proud that his wards already found their groove after a sluggish five-game skid to start their campaign.
“Siguro naiisip namin before yun mga ginagawa namin, yung mga routine namin nu’ng time na nananalo kami, nawala kasi yun,” he said. “So ibinalik lang namin ang togetherness, yung lumalaban kami as a team and naka-focus. Siguro yun ang motivation namin na lagi namin pinanghahawakan. Sana magtuluy-tuloy na.”
Motolite gave up 30 errors. Carlos put up 18 kills and three aces to lead the team, while Bern Flora had eight markers and 14 digs.
Team Motolite slid to 6-3 card, now tied with BanKo at the No. 2 spot.