PVL: PayMaya downs Pocari Sweat-Air Force, wins second straight

Mark Escarlote, ABS-CBN Sports

Posted at May 12 2018 04:53 PM

PayMaya made quick work of debuting defending champion Pocari Sweat-Air Force 25-20, 25-19, 25-22 at the People’s Gym in Tuguegarao on Saturday for a hold of the solo lead in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference. 

The High Flyers took advantage of the Lady Warriors’ error-filled first outing inside the sweltering, packed venue to claim their second win in as many outings.

American reinforcement Tess Rountree waxed hot with 18 points to pace PayMaya. Jerrili Malabanan scored 9, while American player Shelby Sullivan had 8 for the High Flyers, who played their first of back-to-back games.

PayMaya will take on Creamline on Sunday at the same venue.

“Maganda 'yung ginalaw ng team. Kumpara doon sa first game namin, mas kaunti 'yung mistakes, 'yung errors,” said PayMaya coach Roger Gorayeb, who had the chance to shuffle his lineup. 

“ 'Yung imports naman very determined lang talaga kasi alam din nila na they could play better than last time tapos defending champions nga 'yung kalaban namin.” 

Aiko Urdas had 5 points while Celine Domingo scored 3 with her last two coming off back-to-back hits that sealed the victory for the High Flyers.

Jasmine Nabor tallied 20 excellent sets while Grethcel Soltones saw action in the second set as a reliever and was scoreless for PayMaya.

It was a terrible first match for the Lady Warriors.

Pocari Sweat-Air Force gave away 32 points off errors, with Myla Pablo the only Lady Warrior in double figures with 12 points.

Import Madeline Palmer and Jeanette Panaga finished with 9 each while Amele Love was limited to only 6 for Pocari Sweat-Air Force.

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