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    Big Des Cheng block clinches Choco Mucho's five-set win over PLDT

    Oct 20, 2022
    odina aliyeva
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    CHOCO Mucho displayed incredible grit and hacked out a 25-27, 25-22, 18-25, 25-22, 17-15 victory over a tenacious PLDT side in the 2022 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Reinforced Conference on Thursday at the PhilSports Arena.

    Titan reinforcement Odina Aliyeva unloaded a season-best triple-double of 30 points, 26 receptions and 10 digs while Des Cheng delivered the block that clinched Choco Mucho's second win in three games in a fiercely fought fifth set.

    [READ: Chery Tiggo outlasts Akari for hat-trick of PVL wins]

    Kat Tolentino’s back-to-back kills in the fourth set helped the Flying Titans force a decider, setting up the come-from-behind win.

    "It was really nice to see others contribute and the ball was distributed well so I think towards the end we knew Odi could perform and she still had energy to finish that fifth set," Tolentino, who finished with 16 points, said.

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      Aliyeva put Choco Mucho at match point first, 14-13, but PLDT import Elena Samoilenko and Jessey De Leon turned the match around to give the High Speed Hitter match point, 14-15, which Aliyeva saved.

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      A crucial error by Samoilenko and the Cheng block on Toni Basas ended the 2-hour and 44-minute thriller.

      "We reiterated team work so I told my players small role, big role but what's important is they deliver," Choco Mucho head coach Oliver Almadro said.

      Samoilenko matched her career-high 35 points and 10 digs while Fiola Ceballos and Mike Reyes had 14 points each for PLDT.

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