PVL: Petro Gazz ousts Chery Tiggo from finals contention

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 27 2022 07:21 PM | Updated as of Nov 27 2022 07:59 PM

Petro Gazz remains in the hunt for a place in the PVL Reinforced Conference Finals. PVL Media.
Petro Gazz remains in the hunt for a place in the PVL Reinforced Conference Finals. PVL Media.

MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATED) Petro Gazz eliminated Chery Tiggo from finals contention in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Reinforced Conference after a comfortable 25-15, 25-17, 25-13 victory on Sunday evening at the Araneta Coliseum. 

The Gazz Angels handed the Crossovers their second consecutive defeat in the semifinals of the conference, while improving their record to 1-1 to keep their own Finals hopes alive. 

Three players scored in double-digits for Petro Gazz, with American spiker Lindsey Vander Weide netting 18 points on 14 attacks and four aces. Myla Pablo had 15 points on 11 kills and four blocks, while Aiza Maizo-Pontillas added 11 points.

"Today lang, mas nag-focus kami sa task at hand," said Petro Gazz coach Rald Ricafort, whose team lost in straight sets to Creamline in their first game of the semifinals. "Naglaro lang kami ng nage-enjoy sila, and mas naging clear lang 'yung trabaho ng individuals sa roles nila."

"Buti, nakuha in straight sets," he added.

It was a comprehensive victory for the Gazz Angels, who overwhelmed Chery Tiggo at the net with 12 kill blocks, while scoring 10 points off their serve. They played a clean game with just eight errors, and scored 19 free points off the Crossovers' miscues.

Chery Tiggo was never able to get its rhythm. They trailed by as much as 13 points in the third set, after three straight kills by Vander Weide gave the Gazz Angels a commanding 22-9 advantage. 

Mylene Paat was the lone player in double-digits for the Crossovers with 10 points.

Though already eliminated, Chery Tiggo will still try to impact the race to the Finals when they take on Creamline (1-1) on Tuesday. Petro Gazz wraps up the elimination round against Cignal HD (2-0) also on Tuesday.