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Air Force stretches streak to four, quells Carlos, Motolite

Coming off a rousing sweep of PacificTown–Army last Saturday, the Air Force Jet Spikers continued to soar high as they quelled Motolite, 25-22, 25-23, 25-20, in the 2019 PVL Open Conference, Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

“Biniro ko nga yung ano kanina eh, biro lang. Sabi ko, ‘straight set yan.’ Siguro nagkataon lang. Malaking ano rin sa amin na nawala si Myla [Pablo],” Air Force head coach Jasper Jimenez. “Wala masyadong leader sa kanila, isang beterano na superstar pa. Malaking bagay yung leadership ni Myla sa loob. Doon tumaas lalo ang kompiyansa namin.”

The Lady Jet Spikers churned out a balanced offensive thrust to negate the outburst of Tots Carlos, who took the bulk of the scoring for Motolite.

Dell Palomata and May Ann Pantino spearheaded Air Force with nine points apiece. The former pummeled eight attacks and a kill block, while the latter also had eight spikes on top of a service ace.

Joy Cases supplied eight markers for the Lady Jet Spikers, who also strung solid contribution from Judy Anne Caballejo. She chimed in seven points, including a drop shot that incited a crucial 3-0 run in the third set to widen a 19-17 gap to a commanding 22-17 spread.

Meanwhile, Abegail Nuval finished with three markers, including the match-clinching blow that stretched Air Force’s surge to four for a 4-5 card.

Air Force playmaker Wendy Semana dished out 13 excellent sets to go along with three points.

Motolite surrendered 30 errors in the loss that snapped its two-game streak.

Carlos was the sole twin-digit scorer in the match with 21 points. She hammered down 18 attacks and three service aces in a losing cause as Motolite dropped to 6-3.

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Bern Flora managed eight markers laced with 14 excellent digs. Isa Molde was limited to just six points and eight excellent receptions.

Air Force shall face the BanKo Perlas Spikers on Sunday, September 22. Meanwhile, Motolite takes on the Chef’s Classics Lady Red Spikers on Wednesday, September 25. Both matches will be played at the same venue.

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