Chery Tiggo Crossovers flexed their muscles at the start of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference, pummeling the PLDT Power Hitters in straight sets, 25-20, 25-17, 25-6, at the PCV Socio-Civic Cultural Center in Bacarra town, Ilocos Norte Saturday.
Leading the Crossovers offense was the towering Santiago sisters, with Jaja bringing her dominance in the middle of the net and Dindin showcasing her vast volleyball experience, firing on all cylinders all throughout the match.
Joy Dacoron top-scored for Chery Tiggo with 13 points, including 6 blocks, while the Santiagos produced 23 combined points.
With its tall lineup, the Crossovers tallied a total of 9 blocks, compared to none from the PLDT team.
“Nag-usap-usap lang kami na mag-relax at focus sa game. Hindi kami pwede na maging overexcited kasi once na maging overexcited kami, di namin magagawa ‘yung na-train namin,” said Dindin, named best player of the game.
After clinching the first two sets, Chery Tiggo did not look back in the third set, capitalizing on the unstable receptions of the Power Hitters, establishing a 16-5 separation heading to the second technical timeout.
Arianne Layug delivered back-to-back kills before Santiago scored in the middle to further extend their lead, 19-5.
Santiago-Manabat unleashed a powerful backrow hit followed by a drop shot from setter Jasmine Nabor to put the Crossovers on the verge of a sweep, 23-5.
Dacoron, a former Adamson Lady Falcon, finished the match with a pair of hits.
Former University of the Philippines standout Isa Molde and Eli Soyud led the Power Hitters with 8 and 7 points, respectively.
After a long delay due to the pandemic, the PVL finally got the greenlight from government to start its maiden season as a professional league but in a bubble in Ilocos Norte.