PVL: Chery Tiggo averts meltdown, outlasts Army in five sets

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 03 2022 03:07 PM | Updated as of Apr 03 2022 04:18 PM

The Chery Tiggo Crossovers celebrate a point against Army Black Mamba. PVL Media.
The Chery Tiggo Crossovers celebrate a point against Army Black Mamba. PVL Media.

MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATED) Dindin Santiago-Manabat put on a show as Chery Tiggo outlasted Black Mamba Army in a five-set war, Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Crossovers blew a two-set lead but averted a meltdown in the fifth set to claim a 25-15, 25-20, 20-25, 23-25, 15-12 win in the classification phase of the 2022 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Open Conference.

Santiago-Manabat had 32 points on 26 kills, three aces, and three blocks. Mylene Paat added 22 points, as Chery Tiggo tallied 64 kills in the game.

A win against BaliPure on Tuesday will secure the seventh place for the Crossovers.

Chery Tiggo won the first two sets comfortably but the Lady Troopers roared back behind Royse Tubino. In a back-and-forth fourth set, a mishit by Santiago-Manabat put Army ahead, 23-22, before Tubino's clutch hit brought them to set point. An EJ Laure kill saved a point for Chery Tiggo, but Jeanette Villareal's quick hit forced a decider.

Neither team could seize control in the fifth set, with Villareal forcing a 10-all deadlock off a quick hit. But Chery Tiggo won the next three rallies, after Paat and Santiago scored back-to-back kills and Paat scored a block off Tubino.

Tubino made sure Army wouldn't go down easy, scoring back-to-back attacks to make it a one-point game, 13-12. But Laure again scored a clutch hit, and Villareal's final attempt did not cross the net.

Tubino had 25 points in a losing effort, while Joanne Bunag added 11 markers for the Lady Troopers.