Chery Tiggo swept off the Perlas Spikers in a 3-set straight win, 25-10, 27-25, 25-23 giving them their third win and places as solo third, at the PCV Socio-Civic Cultural Center in Barra, Ilocos Norte bubble on Monday afternoon.

/ 27 July 2021

As the Crossovers move forward from the weary five-set loss against BaliPure last Thursday, the team recuperated at the expense of Perlas Spikers, now standing as solo third place with a 3-1 record. 

Jaja Santiago showed no mercy by giving off 15 points, 11 attacks, three blocks and an ace alongside Shaya Adorador, player of the game, who shoved an all-around scoreline of 12 points, six attacks, four aces, and two blocks, and accompanied by the veteran setter Tina Salak with 14 excellent sets. 

Perlas Spikers started the set with a flurry of errors as Chery Tigo claimed a 1-5 lead that forced Perlas Spiker to an early time out another time out when scores were at 2-8 lead in favor for Chery Tiggo. 

With nothing much of action, except for each team taking points due to the errors of opposing teams, Chery Tiggo whooped the first set with a 15-point lead.

However, Perlas Spikers did try to close the expected deficit gap score due to the first set’s performance and were able to give a tough early frame for Chery Tiggo with a 5-6 lead after a double-contact set from Salak.

Meanwhile, Jaja and Adorador refused to give chance for Perlas Spikers as Santiago got a back-to-back point after tipping an attack and blocking combined with powerful attacks from Adorador, giving the team the upper hand with an 8-5 lead, and 16-13 lead at midframe after a successful block from Jaja and soft-swing attack from Shirley Layug.

Nearing the end of the second frame, Perlas Spikers shockingly reached the set-point first, 24-22 after Su Roces’ attack avoided Crossovers’ blockers, however, substitute middle blocker Rachel Austero scored back-to-back to lead a deuce set-up but it was Jaja’s single block and Salak’s drop ball that ended the second set at 27-25 lead. 

The third set was in favor of Perlas Spikers at the early midframe having the 10-6 lead, but this did not last as Chery Tiggo fought,12-all, and amid of taking points and errors, the set ended with a 2-point lead in favor of Chery Tigo.

“Definitely, I am happy, iba pa rin ang panalo. However, ang dami pa rin talaga naming aayusin kasi doon kami nag relax, learning experience namin from our previous match but that’s done already. We just have to take it as a learning experience and we just have to move forward given na may tuloy tuloy kaming laro sa mga susunod na araw,” Chery Tiggo head coach Aaron Velez said.