Chery Tiggo eliminated Black Mamba in a tough grind game in pursuit of the final four ticket, 25-16, 25-16, 25-21, at the PCV Socio- Civic Cultural Center in Barra, Ilocos Norte bubble on Wednesday afternoon.

/ 5 August 2021

Both teams were trying to dominate one another as the game could decide their chances in the final four but Chery Tiggo prevailed and have to defeat Choco Mucho on Saturday to enter the PVL semis on Sunday.

The three-set win of Chery Tiggo stirred up as the Santiago sisters showcased a great offense where Dindin brought 18 points under 16 kills, and two service aces, while Jaja fired 15 markers on 12 spikes, two blocks, and an ace.

The performance of Jasmine Nabor was also exceptional as she guided the team with 29 excellent sets, combined with Mylene Paat’s eight points, and nine excellent receptions and Shaya Adorador’s seven markers and 16 digs.

Jaja did not waste time and started the first set early as she gave a back-to-back score to Chery Tiggo with a 2-0 lead, and even though a moderate rally was circling, the Crossovers had a seven-gap score advantage with a 17-10 lead at midframe.

The Lady Troopers tried to recover by pushing and avoiding the blockers, and with some unforced errors from Crossovers, the score closed down to 14-17 for Army but Dindin refused to let loose control and with the team’s offense, the set ended with a nine-point lead. 

Both teams were taking turns to score at the second frame but with three simultaneous service aces from Adorador, one-two play from Nabor, and down the line attack from Dindin the Crossovers were at 11-4 lead.

It seemed that the second set would end with service aces from Crossovers with a 20-10 lead, and regardless as Lady Troopers tried to recover the big 10-gap deficit, the set ended with a nine-point lead.

Nothing much changed with Crossovers at the third frame, but Mamba Army put up a better fight dismantling the 23-19 lead in favor of Crossovers, but with Dindin’s crosscourt kill and Adorador’s off block hit, the match ended with a 4 point lead, 25-21. 

“Actually, I’m happy again more than thankful to the players for performing. We just have to continue scouting the other teams,” said Chery Tiggo head coach Aaron Velez. 

“We need to invest on our physical conditioning and mental preparation.”