SUPER imports Wilma Salas and Janisa Johnson lifted PetroGazz to live another day with a vengeful 15-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-12 victory over Creamline to force a decider in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference Finals on Saturday at the Arena in San Juan City.
After struggling in their sorry Game 1 loss, newly minted Best Foreign Guest Player Salas and American hitter Johnson came to the rescue for the Angels to equalize the Finals series.
However, both teams won’t have any time to prepare as the do-or-die Game 3 is in less than 24 hours away, set at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City starting at 4 p.m.
The Angels bucked a slow start before stepping on the gas in the succeeding frames, especially in the fourth set mounting a 21-10 spread never looking back with Salas nailing the finishing touches to force a rubber match.
Both PetroGazz imports finished with 23 points each, back to their high-percentage in attacking as Salas had 52% attack rate laced with 13 digs and 10 excellent receptions, while Johnson had 41% efficiency rate in attacking.
“Talagang mas nangibabaw lang talaga yung desire ng team namin ngayon compared with Creamline kasi kung gusto nila tapusin dapat tinapos na but in the end, the players talaga wanted to extend this series,” said PetroGazz Arnold Laniog.
The locals were also instrumental in ending Creamline’s 12-game winning streak as Jonah Sabete was a revelation in the Finals with nine point. Jeanette Panaga had eight markers. Setter Djanel Cheng dishing out 28 excellent sets, while libero Cienne Cruz protected the floor with 15 digs and 13 excellent receptions.
The Angels bucked down a slow start before stepping on the gas in the succeeding frames, especially in the fourth set mounting a 21-10 spread never looking back to force a rubber match.
Newly-crowned conference MVP Alyssa Valdez’s double celebration was spoiled as her 17-point effort including 12 digs and 10 excellent receptions failed to sweep the series.
Kuttika Kaewpin and Ale Blanco had 13 and 10 points, respectively, while Jia Morado had 33 excellent sets in a losing effort.
It will be the first time for Creamline this conference to play back-to-back games as it wasn’t scheduled to play two games in a row last elimination round.