By Waylon Galvez
(The Arena, San Juan City)
2 p.m. – Chef’s Classic vs Creamline
4 p.m. – Air Force vs Pacifictown Army
Air Force rose from a 2-1 set deficit to turn back Choco Mucho, 26-24, 14-25, 21-25, 25-22, 15-7, for its second straight win in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan Wednesday.
Abegail Nuval provided three of the last five points by Air Force, including two straight aces heading to their first back-to-back wins after a 0-5 start.
Air Force coach Jasper Jimenez told his players to start strong in the fifth frame.
“Sabi ko sa kanila 1 to 15 lang ito, hindi tayo pwedeng parang diesel. Kung pwede tayong gasolina, kailangang ilayo natin kung maari,” said Jimenez.
Veteran playmaker Wendy Semana powered the Lady Jet Spikers with 27 excellent sets along with 14 digs, while Dell Palomata fired 14 points including four blocks.
Kat Tolentino’s 30-point production built on 26 attacks, two aces and two blocks went down the drain as Choco Mucho dropped its fourth straight loss to tied with Air Force at 2-5.
Meanwhile, PacificTown Army, went through some anxious moments in the third set but got the job done against BaliPure, 25-17, 25-16, 27-25.
Royse Tubino finished with 13 points with eight excellent digs, Lut Malaluan contributed 10 markers, and Jem Gutierrez finished with nine hits for the Lady Troopers, who improved to 4-3.
BaliPure dropped to 2-6.
In the other match, Tots Carlos and Isa Molde pumped in 26 and 21 points to steer Motolite past BanKo-Perlas, 25-16, 25-21, 19-25, 29-31, 19-17.
The win propelled Motolite in a tie for second with PetroGazz with a 5-2 mark, while BanKo-Perlas slipped to 5-3.