Perlas outlasts Power Smashers for second place


Posted at May 07 2017 10:32 AM

Amanda Villanueva bounced back from her sorry game the last time around just like Perlas bounced back from its first loss in the tournament. Photo by Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – Dragged into another five-set battle, Perlas came out on top this time, rebounding from two extended sets down to hack out a tough 29-31, 24-26, 25-19, 25-23, 21-19 victory over the Power Smashers on Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Their gritty five-set win put Perlas at solo second place in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference.

Perlas proved steadier in a back-and-forth decider, with the Lady Spikers coming through with back-to-back kill blocks to shatter a 19-all count to clinch the hard-earned win that gave them a 2-1 win-loss record.

The Power Smashers dropped to 1-2. Bali Pure remains at solo first with a 3-0 slate.

It was a rousing win for Perlas, which dropped a five-setter to Air Force last Tuesday after shocking the fancied Creamline side in the first day of the Reinforced Conference.

Kathy Bersola had 13 attack points and five blocks to clinch Best Player of the Game honors, while Amanda Villanueva came up with 18 points and 14 excellent digs for Perlas.

Earlier, Army sustained its hot start to rip Café Lupe, 25-20, 25-18, 25-19, and tie Sta. Elena at the top of the men's division with two wins apiece.

Skipper Benjaylo Labide, Michael Reyes and Jayvee Sumagaysay fired eight hits apiece as the Troopers beat the Sunrisers, 21-26, in power attacks and produced more blocks, 9-5, in their 62-minute romp.

Café Lupe, which drew nine markers from Joshua Barrica and eight makers from Kevin Liberato, came through with four aces, two more than Army, but failed to neutralize the Troopers’ power game and slipped to 0-2.

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