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BanKo snaps Ateneo-Motolite’s four-game streak

The BanKo Perlas Spikers continued their mastery over the Ateneo-Motolite Lady Eagles, scoring another straight sets win over their younger counterparts, 26-24, 25-22, 25-16, in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at the Malolos City Sports and Convention Center.

BanKo eked out a tight first set win thanks to late conversions from their veterans. From there, the Perlas Spikers took advantage of their solid serving and floor defense to build wide gaps in the next two frames.

“Alam naman ng mga players namin kung gaano ka-importante ‘yung mga games namin ngayon. Ang target talaga namin is makapanalo ng at least dalawang games sa sunod-sunod na mga laro namin,” said Perlas Spikers head coach Dong Dela Cruz of their frantic upcoming schedule.

Ateneo alum Dzi Gervacio led Perlas with 14 points, while Kathy Bersola and Amanda Villanueva provided 13 and 11 markers, respectively.

Opposite hitter Kat Tolentino led the Lady Eagles with 13 points while Ponggay Gaston and Bea De Leon each provided six markers.

BanKo (8-2) next take on the Petro Gazz Angels (5-5) tomorrow at the FilOil Flying V Centre. Ateneo (9-3) will face the Adamson-Akari Lady Falcons (0-9), also tomorrow.

In the day’s first match, the Tacloban Fighting Warays slipped past the Petro Gazz Angels, 15-25, 25-23, 22-25, 25-20, 15-13.

Opposite hitter Dimdim Pacres keyed Tacloban’s offense with 17 points, while Jovie Prado was steady with 14. Tacloban also feasted off Petro Gazz’s 42 errors.

Jonah Sabete topped the Angels with 23 points. Team captain Paneng Mercado added 16.

Tacloban (5-7) next play on November 17 against the Lady Falcons.

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