Tacloban, BanKo-Perlas battle for share of PVL lead


Posted at May 16 2018 08:39 AM

The Tacloban Fighting Warays will try to make it two wins in a row against BanKo-Perlas. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – A well-rested Tacloban side will face off against a BanKo-Perlas team that is eager to bounce back from its first loss when the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Reinforced Conference resumes on Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

After a shutout loss to PayMaya in their first game of the conference, the Fighting Warays bounced back last May 9 by outlasting Petro Gazz in the first five-setter of the season.

They expect to come out of a week-long break as a more solid unit, and hope to join idle Creamline and PayMaya at the top of the league standings when they take on BanKo-Perlas.

The Perlas Spikers, for their part, have the same target in mind. They handed Creamline its first loss last Saturday but followed it up with a four-set defeat to Pocari-Air Force on Sunday, in the league's first out-of-town sortie in Tuguegarao.

Imports Amporn Hyapha and Sasiwimol Sangpan will seek to raise the level of their games and complement the locals, led by reigning NCAA MVP Shola Alvarez, Jovielyn Prado and setter Kyle Negrito as the Fighting Warays face the Perlas Spikers boasting of a star-studded roster.

They include a pair of power-hitting reinforcements in Jutarat Montripila and Kia Bright and a local crew headed by Amy Ahomiro, Sue Roces, Rysabelle Devanadera, Dzi Gervacio, liberos Gizelle Tan and Ella de Jesus, and playmaker Fenela Emnas.

First serve is at 6:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, BaliPure and Petro Gazz try to break into the win column when they face off at 4:00 p.m.

In the men's division, Vice Co shoots for its second straight win as it takes on Cignal at 10 a.m. while PLDT and Instituto Estetico Manila tangle at 12 noon.

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