IMPORT-less Perlas pounded Philippine Air Force, 25-23, 26-24, 25-13, in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference on Thursday at The Arena in San Juan.
Team captain Dzi Gervacio led the way with 18 points for the Spikers, who still missed the services of Brazilian import Rupia Inck and Japanese reinforcement Naoko Hashimoto.
Although Perlas received confirmation that their foreign players were cleared to play, Gervacio said that Inck and Hashimoto insisted not to play just to be safe as they wait for the confirmation from the FIVB and/or the AVC presidents.
“Even if we had a confirmation via e-mail, we didn’t want to risk it kasi baka eventually they will be sanctioned or fined or suspended,” said Gervacio.
Perlas improved its record to 4-3.
“Medyo slow start na naman but as the sets continued, nakakahabol naman,” said Gervacio. “I think din kasi the opponent wasn’t as cohesive than the last time we played them kasi last game hirap kami pumatay ng bola.”
Sue Roces and Amy Ahomiro added eight and six points, respectively, for the Spikers.
Air Force Thai import Patcharee Saengmuang made 11 points as the Lady Jet Spikers dropped to 1-6.