Petro Gazz Angels outlasted PLDT Home Fibr Power Hitters in an up-down 4 set game, 25-12, 20-25, 25-21, 25-20, at the PCV Socio-Civic Cultural Center in Barra, Ilocos Norte bubble on Tuesday night.

/ 28 July 2021

Losing this game meant a fifth-straight loss for PLDT and could be eliminated in the PVL season if they were to lose in their next game again. Meanwhile, Petro Gazz was tied for third together with Chery Tiggo behind unbeaten contenders Creamline and Choco Mucho, both standing with a 4-0 record. 

Myla Pablo and Grethcel Soltones powered the team with 24 points, 21 attacks, and three blocks while Soltones flared 10 points, 15 digs, and 14 excellent receptions respectively. Further, Ria Meneses contributed 16 points coming from 12 attacks, and four blocks while Chie Saet had 28 excellent sets.

The Angels started comfortably the first set with a 6-1 lead, and attacks from Fibr Hitters were most roughly denied with PLDT only delivering 5 kills combined by unforced errors, Petro Gazz claimed the first set with a 13-point lead. 

However, PLDT adjusted and fought back leading to a 12-11 lead in the early midframe of the second set after a rotation violation from Angels and a service ace from Shola Alvarez which gave PLDT the advantage for the first time since the first set. 

Chi Chin Basas also led a strong offense for PLDT and with two simultaneous errors from Pablo, the Fibr Hitters was still in lead at 19-17, and after Meneses’ hitting error, the second frame ended well for PLDT with a 5-point lead.

Pablo and Meneses recovered from the errors in the second frame making it hard for PLDT to be in control again, and even though PLDT has a 5-3 lead in the early third frame, Petro Gazz snatched the midframe with a 17-15 lead after a service ace, and not long after, Pablo ended the third set with a 4-point lead. 

Petro Gazz did not waste time and raced off the fourth frame with a 7-1 lead, and Saet’s long placing set the team at midframe with a 17-15 lead, and as the momentum continued, the set ended with Meneses’ attack at a 4-point lead. 

Petro Gazz head coach Arnold Laniog acknowledged the eagerness of PLDT to win which made it difficult for the team to win.

“Credits talaga sa kanila (PLDT) kasi all the way, parang nothing to lose lumaban talaga. Sa part namin talagang nag kukulang lang din yung mga players ko na minsan nakakaligtaan gampanan yung roles nila,” said coach Laniog.

Talagang gustong kunin ng PLDT e, hanggang third set mararamdaman mo talaga ultimo hanggang fourth set talagang gusto nilang lumaban, Respeto rin talaga buti na-control namin hanggang dulo.”