BANKO ended its two-game skid with a big win over Iriga-Navy, 25-22, 25-21, 25-19, in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference on Wednesday at the Arena in San Juan.
After back-to-back losses to Creamline and Pocari Sweat-Air Force following a 5-0 start, the Perlas Spikers regained their winning ways, banking on Dzi Gervacio’s 17-point effort to complete the win in just 69 minutes.
Gervacio unleashed 15 kills from 31 spike attempts and made 10 digs, while skipper Sue Roces and middle blocker Joy Dacoron chipped in seven points apiece.
Perlas Spikers’ back-up setter Fen Emnas also stepped up with 25 excellent sets on top of eight digs, filling in for starting playmaker Jem Ferrer, who missed the match due to personal reasons according to coach Dong Dela Cruz.
The Perlas Spikers tightened their hold of the second spot with a 6-2 win-loss record, behind Creamline at 6-1.
“It’s nice to be back here dito sa table na ito,” De la Cruz said after getting a win before taking a long break. They face Adamson-Akari (0-7) on November 4.
“Siyempre na-relieve kami kasi two games kami na slide. Malaking bagay ito sa first game namin sa second round. Yung mga players nag-step up naman.”
It was a actually a tough three sets for the Perlas Spikers, who trailed 19-20 in the second set before taking control with Gervacio’s back-to-back points followed by an error from Iriga-Navy.
Divine Equia stopped the bleeding and cut it down to one, 22-21 but Gervacio once again made two kills in a row for the set point before Roces delivered the set-winning hit.
Joanne Bunag scored 14 and Nene Bautista added 11 for Iriga-Navy, which committed 24 errors and dropped to 1-7 record. Navy battles Adamson-Akari on Saturday at Imus Sports Complex.