Volleyball: Perlas Spikers cruise to 2nd win in Champions League

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Posted at Nov 22 2021 12:10 PM | Updated as of Nov 22 2021 02:11 PM

The Tuguegarao Perlas Spikers improved to 2-1 in the PNVF Champions League. Photo courtesy of the PNVF.
The Tuguegarao Perlas Spikers improved to 2-1 in the PNVF Champions League. Photo courtesy of the PNVF.

(UPDATED) The Tuguegarao Perlas Spikers made it two wins in a row on Monday after a comfortable 25-10, 25-5, 25-14 triumph over Baguio in the Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) Champions League.

The Pearls built on a four-set win over California Precision Sports Sunday to improve to 2-1 in the competition held in a bubble at the Aquamarine Recreational Center in Lipa City, Batangas.

"The most important thing is helping one another. And for everyone to be committed," Perlas coach Rei Diaz said. "So far, everyone is sticking to our goal. So far, so good."

Tuguegarao raced to a quick start in the first two sets -- including a huge 7-0 lead in Set 2 -- to put the Lady Highlanders away early.

Baguio gained some momentum in Set 3, however, and trailed by just four points, 14-10, midway through before Perlas found their footing.

Their service game allowed Tuguegarao to pull away, with Jho Maraguinot pushing the lead to 19-10 before the Pearls cruised to victory.

Maraguinot, acquired by Perlas earlier this year, finished with 10 points, including six service aces. Nicole Tiamzon added eight digs to go with four points, while Jules Samonte scored all three of her points from the service line.

Jem Ferrer had three points on top of 16 excellent sets. Cza Carandang had nine points in the 68-minute clash.

Baguio remains winless in three matches, and has yet to take a set in the Champions League.

Both teams are back in action on Tuesday, with Baguio taking on the youthful California Precision Sports squad at 1:30 p.m. while Tuguegarao battles powerhouse F2 Logistics at 4 p.m.