Chery Tiggo Crossovers smoothly took over the second set and defeated Choco Flying Titans in three straight-set wins, 25-20, 25-9, 25-22, at the PCV Socio-Civic Cultural Center in Barra, Ilocos Norte bubble on Saturday afternoon.

/ 8 August 2021

Regardless of the outcome, both teams will march for Finals’ matchup together with Creamline Cool Smashers and Petro Gazz Angles.

The Flying Titans chose to bench and separated their usual starters, Bea de Leon, Maddie Madayag, Deanna Wong, and Denden Lazaro-Revilla in the first set whereas Kat Tolentino and Ponggay Gaston heated up only in the second set; meanwhile, both contenders let their bench players give an all-out performance in the third set. 

Still, Crossovers clinched a three straight-set win as Mylene Paat scored 11 points topped with 11 digs and five excellent receptions, combined with Jaja Santiago’s six attacks, two blocks, and a great deal of aces in the span of the first two frames only.

Both teams showed how important the match is regardless of the outcome by giving each other a rough welcome in the first set as it was difficult to get a big gap score ahead, but after a long service error from Dindin Santiago, a 7-8 lead in favor of Crossovers brought the first time out.

A closed-knit game was still holding until midframe with a tie score of 16-all but with the continuous unforced errors from the Flying Titans and smart play from Crossovers, the first set ended with a five-point lead in favor of Chery Tiggo. 

As Chery Tiggo sizzled up the game, an early 9-2 lead was served in the early second frame, and a whopping 15 deficit gap score thanks to Jaja’s middle hit and rejection of Ponggay Gaston’s attack, and thereafter ended the second set with a 16-point lead. 

No one wants to give up the third frame, but it was the Crossovers who dominated and ended the set with a three-point lead.

“Of course, happy ako na umabot kami ng top four, yun naman yung first goal namin. Yung second goal sa semis, it’s going to be a different ball game,” said Chery Tiggo head coach Aaron Velez.

“They have already scouted us, we’ve already scouted them also so now I think it’s going to be a matter of conditioning.”