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    Army edges ahead in battle for bronze with four-set win over BanKo

    Jul 13, 2019
    PHOTO: Dante Peralta

    PACIFICTOWN-Army took down BanKo, 25-23, 20-25, 25-20, 25-23, in the second match of the PVL Reinforced Conference battle for third place on Saturday at the Arena in San Juan.

    The Lady Troopers turned things around after a five-set loss in the opener of the series, taking the edge in the league’s unique system for the battle for bronze.

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    Army automatically gets the bronze if Creamline completes a sweep of Petro Gazz in the finals.

    However, if the finals stretches to a third match, then Army and BanKo also play a decider for third place.

    Royse Tubino led the charge for the Lady Troopers with 23 points off 20 kills and three service aces.

    Olena Lymareva-Flink came up with 21 points and made 13 excellent receptions, while Jenelle Jordan added 17 markers.

    “Definitely masaya dahil nanalo pero hindi mo inaasahan na yung laban ang taas ng level,” said Pacifictown-Army coach KungFu Reyes, who returned to call the shots after missing the semifinals and the opener of the battle for third as he attended led the Philippine Under-23 team in a Thailand tournament.

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    “Both teams panalo sa laro na ‘to kasi nagi-exceed na sa expectation yung level ng competitiveness as a whole tapos makikita mo ang team mo kasama doon sa level ng pag-angat,” he added.

    Thai import Sutadta Chuewulim led BanKo with 14 points laced with 13 excellent receptions and 10 digs.

    Kathy Bersola had 13 hits, highlighted by five blocks. Nicole Tiamzon and Dzi Gervacio added 12 markers each.

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