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PLDT sweeps Army, rolls to second win

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Tiebreaker Times PLDT sweeps Army, rolls to second win News PVL Volleyball  Ronchette Villegas Rico De Guzman Rence Melgar PLDT Home Fibr Ultra Fast Hitters PJ Rojas Philippine Army Troopers Odjie Mamon Mark Alfafara Johnvic De Guzman Benjaylo Labide 2018 PVL Season 2018 PVL Men's Reinforced Conference

The razor-sharp PLDT Home Fibr Power Hitters made quick work of the Philippine Army Troopers, 25-15, 25-10, 25-23, for their second win in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

PLDT dominated each set, with only the third frame going down to the wire. Clinging to a slim 23-22 lead, PLDT went to Mark Alfafara and Johnvic De Guzman to close the match.

De Guzman and Alfafara each tallied 11 points for PLDT, who finished with a daunting 41-24 spikes advantage. The Power Hitters limited Army’s offense through solid serving, netting nine aces.

PLDT head coach Odjie Mamon relished his team’s constantly-improving chemistry.

“Siguro ngayon we’re getting better chemistry. Nakikita mo na the players are getting used to playing with one another and nali-limit na namin ‘yung mistakes namin,” said Mamon.

PJ Rojas, Ben Labide, and Antonio Torres each managed seven points for the Troopers.

The Power Hitters (2-2) take on Vice Co. (3-1) on June 2. Army (1-3) face Cignal (2-1) on June 6.

The Scores

PLDT (3) – Alfafara 11, De Guzman 11, Franco 9, Sumagaysay 9, Pecaña 8, Umandal 3, Villegas 2, Dela Vega 1, Galang 1, Melgar (L)

Army (0) – Labide 7, Rojas 7, Torres 7, Depamaylo J. 4, Ramirez 2, Reyes M. 1, Villonson 1, Abdulmajid 0, Baloaloa 0, Barrica 0, Depamaylo N. 0, Reyes E. (L), Uy (L)

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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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