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Hair Fairy-Air Force slips past UP in tight straight sets

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Tiebreaker Times Hair Fairy-Air Force slips past UP in tight straight sets News PVL Volleyball  Wendy Semana UP Women's Volleyball Mary Ann Balmaceda Jocemer Tapic Jerry Yee Jasper Jimenez Isa Molda Iari Yongco Diana Carlos Air Force Jet Spikers 2017 PVL Women's Open Conference 2017 PVL Season

Displaying veteran composure, the Hair Fairy-Air Force Lady Jet Spikers toughed out a thrilling straight-sets win over the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons, 29-27, 25-16, 25-22, for their second win in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Air Force mustered finishing flourishes in the first and third sets to put away their much younger foes. Hits from Joy Cases and Iari Yongco gave the Lady Jet Spikers reprieve in a long deuce in the opening frame.

After claiming the second set convincingly, Hair Fairy took a 16-11 lead in the third frame. The Lady Maroons made one last gasp to extend the match, forcing a 19-all tie. Clutch kills in transition from Yongco and Jocemer Tapic cushioned Air Force down the stretch to close the match.

“Tingin ko siguro nga, marami pang lapses, marami pang kulang especially sa defense namin sa taas. Pero maganda na ang paghugot ko kay Dell Palomata. Malaki ang advantage namin,” said Air Force head coach Jasper Jimenez.

“Meron sigurong factor yun na may advantage kami doon (experience). Buti nakuha namin ang first set. Malaking bagay sa amin yung first set na yun,” he furthered.

Yongco punched in 15 points to lead a balanced Air Force offense, while Tapic added 12.

The Lady Jet Spikers (2-1) take on the Bali Pure Water Defenders (2-1) on Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Third-year wingers Tots Carlos and Isa Molde towed the Lady Maroons with 18 and 15 points, respectively.

UP fell to a 0-3 card and will face UAAP rivals Akari-Adamson Lady Falcons (0-2), also on Sunday.

The Scores

Air Force (3) – Yongco 15, Tapic 12, Pantino 11, Cases 10, Antipuesto 4, Palomata 3, Cabalsa 1, Andaya 0, Balmaceda (L)

UP (0) – Carlos 18, Molde 15, Estrañero 5, Bernardo 4, Dorog 2, Gannaban 1, Basarte 0, Dorog 0, Layug 0, Sandoval 0, Alinas (L), Altomea (L)

Miguel Luis Flores fell face first into sports writing in high sch9l and has never gotten up. He reluctantly stumbled into the volleyball beat when he started with Tiebreaker Times three years ago. Now, he has waded through everything volleyball - from its icky politics to the post-modern art that is Jia Morado's setting.

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