BIÑAN CITY — Petro Gazz vented its ire on Pacifictown-Army, picking up a huge bounce back 29-27, 25-20, 25-14 victory in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference on Sunday at the Alonte Sports Arena.
Licking the wounds from their 18-25, 25-21, 19-25, 24-26 loss to defending champion Creamline less than 24 hours ago at the Arena in San Juan, the Angels were quick to regain their winning ways, routing the Lady Troopers in just one hour and 27 minutes.
Cuban import Wilma Salas led the way with 22 points off 18 attacks, a pair of blocks and as many as aces including nine excellent receptions, while American reinforcement Janisa Johnson had 21 points laced up with 10 digs and 11 receptions.
PetroGazz head coach Arnold Laniog was glad that his wards showed some sense of urgency to bounce back right away with locals Cherry Nunag and Jeanette Panaga also contributing with seven and five points, respectively, and setter Desiree Cheng dishing out 13 excellent sets.
“The moment na nagstart kami sinabi na namin yung kahapon tapos na, let’s move on,” said Laniog. “Majority naman ganun ang nangyari. After ng pagkatalo,gusto nila maglaro agad ulit para maibawi yung feeling na natalo ka.”
The Angels stayed on top with an 8-1 win-loss record and just need to beat Motolite (3-6) on Saturday next week to seal the No.1 spot in the semifinals.
PetroGazz escaped a neck-and-neck first two sets through its imports. Salas delivered a clutch attack and set-clinching ace to escape the tight first set, while Johnson capped the convincing second frame win with an ace of her own.
The Angels trailed at the start of third, 8-10, but they pulled it off convincingly unleashing 10 straight unanswered points to pullaway with an 18-10 spread and never looked back to complete the victory in just three sets.
“Sabi ko nung last set, kung kaya na manalo tayo ng conviction, (gawin natin),” said Laniog. “Kasi nung first two sets wala kaming comfortable na lead dahil yung Army mga beterano yan, hindi yan basta-basta, lalamang kami biglang hahabol agad.“
Ukrainian import Olena Lymareva-Flink was the lone Lady Trooper to score in double figures with 16 points as they dropped to 4-4 record at fourth place.