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Power Smashers slip past BanKo-Perlas for first win



Tiebreaker Times Power Smashers slip past BanKo-Perlas for first win News PVL Volleyball  Vira Guillema Regine Arocha Power Smashers Perlas Lady Spikers Nicole Tiamzon Nes Pamilar Nai Muhammed Jovielyn Prado Eunice Galang Ella De Jesus 2017 PVL Women's Open Conference 2017 PVL Season

After three tight losses, the Power Smashers have solved their fifth set woes and came away with their first win in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at the expense of the BanKo-Perlas Spikers, 25-22, 16-25, 26-24, 23-25, 15-12, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Like in their first outings, the Power Smashers struggled to stay consistent throughout the match, resulting in another blown 2-1 set lead. Dragged to a fifth set, the Power Smashers gained the edge after conversions from Jovielyn Prado and Regine Arocha boosted them to a 12-10 lead. The Power Smashers then completed their escape, as Perlas surrendered three consecutive attack errors to end the match.

“So nakita ko kanina na kailangan pa rin may mag-step up sa amin as a leader. Kanina maganda ang pinakia ni Jovielyn (Prado), naging vocal siya. Kailangan namin ‘yun maging mas consistent,” said Power Smashers head coach Nes Pamilar.

Last NCAA Season’s Finals MVP Prado tallied 22 points, while her Arellano teammate Regine Arocha added 18.

University of the Philippines standout Nicole Tiamzon dropped 22 points, while Ella De Jesus added 20 for the Perlas-BanKo Spikers.

The Power Smashers look to keep up their winning ways when they face the league-leading Creamline Cool Smashers (4-0) on July 19 at the FilOil Flying V Centre. Perlas (1-3) face the UP Lady Maroons (0-3) also on July 19.

The Scores

Power Smashers (3) – Prado 22, Arocha 18, Pacres 7, Marzan 6, Esguerra 4, Eulalio 3, Guillema 2, Tan 2, Villegas 2, Bicar 1, Kim 0, Sta. Rita 0, Galang (L), Gillego (L)

BanKo-Perlas (2) – Tiamzon 22, De Jesus 20, Roces 15, Bersola 13, Ahomiro 8, Ferrer 3, Aguilar 1, Ancheta 0, Aceveado 0, Villanueva 0, Tan G. (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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