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BanKo rolls to fourth straight, snaps Ateneo-Motolite’s streak



Tiebreaker Times BanKo rolls to fourth straight, snaps Ateneo-Motolite's streak ADMU News PVL Volleyball  Oliver Almadro Nicole Tiamzon Maddie Madayag Kat Tolentino Jem Ferrer Ella De Jesus Dzi Gervacio Dong dela Cruz Ateneo-Motolite Lady Eagles 2018 PVL Season 2018 PVL Open Conference

The BanKo Perlas Spikers claimed solo hold of the top spot in the PVL Open Conference standings, sweeping the erstwhile unbeaten Ateneo-Motolite Lady Eagles, 27-25, 25-19, 25-11, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Ateneo opened the match strong, rallying 16-19 down to tie the match via a 3-0 blitz. Both team slugged it out into a deuce which came down an exchange errors ending in BanKo’s favor.

Stellar serving propelled BanKo from a 15-all tie to a decisive 20-16 lead in the second frame. Ateneo tried to rally back, but a string of their late errors from attack and serve pushed the Perlas Spikers to a 2-0 sets lead.

Closing the match strong, BanKo again capitalized on Ateneo’s reception struggles, building a 16-4 lead and never looking back.

“Na-challenge lang siguro ang mga players namin kasi parehas kaming walang talo eh,” said BanKo head coach Dong Dela Cruz. “Siguro na-challenge ang mga players namin and gusto naming manalo.”

Nicole Tiamzon led BanKo with 17 points, while Dzi Gervacio followed her 24-point outing last night with 14 points against her alma mater.

Kat Tolentino continued to lead Ateneo-Motolite, tallying 11 markers while Maddie Madayag added 10.

BanKo (4-0) go for their fifth straight win against the Tacloban Fighting Warays (2-2) on Wednesday at the same venue. Ateneo (2-1) will try to bounce back against the Iriga-Navy Oragons (0-4) on Saturday.

The Scores

BanKo (3) Tiamzon 17, Gervacio 14, Bersola 11, Dacoron 6, Ferrer 5, Doromal 3, Villanueva 3, Ahomiro 0, Emnas 0, De Jesus (L), Tan (L)

Ateneo-Motolite (0) – Tolentino 11, Madayag 10, De Leon 6, Wong 4, Gandler 3, Gequillana 2, Fanger 0, Maraguinot 0, Raagas 0, Peralta (L), Ravena (L)

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