FRESH from a third-place finish in the Vinh Long Volleyball Tournament in Vietnam, BanKo overcame a second-set hump before dispatching Adamson-Akari, 25-20, 19-25, 25-22, 25-16, to extend its unbeaten run to three games in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference on Saturday at the Arena in San Juan City.
After a fruitful stint in Vietnam last week, the Perlas Spikers resumed their Open Conference campaign on a rough note committing 35 errors but Dzi Gervacio provided the firepower, especially in their hot fourth set, for an immaculate 3-0 win-loss record on top of the standings.
Although they stumbled in the second set and needed to escape a tough battle in the third set before getting the 2-1 set advantage, the Perlas Spikers held a precarious 13-10 lead in the fourth set until Gervacio waxed hot and provided most of their end-game rally capped by a match-winning combination play.
Gervacio nailed 23 kills for 24 points including a great defensive effort of 14 digs. Amanda Villanueva was a tormentor to her alma mater, Adamson, scattering 10 spikes, three blocks and an ace for 14 hits including 17 digs, while Kathy Bersola added nine markers.
BanKo head coach Dong Dela Cruz admitted that the team is still tired and dealing with some injuries heading into this game.
“Actually medyo tinamaan kami ng injuries. Si (Nicole) Tiamzon may iniinda na sakit sa right shoulder. 'Yung iba may mga masasakit,” Dela Cruz said. “Tinignan ko na lang kung anong rotation ang pwedeng gamitin para manalo kami. Lahat naman kaya maglaro, basta sumunod sa sistema.”
In less than 24 hours, the Perlas Spikers will stake their unbeaten 3-0 record against Ateneo-Motolite Lady Eagles (2-0), who took down Petro Gazz in five sets, on Sunday at 4 p.m.
Bern Flora did it all for the Lady Falcons with 20 points including 14 digs and 13 receptions helping libero Thang Ponce, who protected the floor with 23 receptions and 17 digs but they couldn’t save their team from falling down to a 0-3 hole.
Adamson-Akari faces Reinforced Conference champion Creamline on Wednesday, 6 p.m.