Chery Tiggo needed every bit of Tatjana Bokan’s offensive outburst to weather the storming efforts of Hana Cutura and Marinerang Pilipina, coming away with a 25-20, 27-29, 25-21, 25-21 decision, Tuesday at the Bacoor Strike Gym in Cavite.
Bokan erupted for 33 points built on 27 attacks and five aces. Her scoring brilliance was responsible for giving the Crossovers the necessary push, ushering in a new era on a triumphant note.
Mylene Paat also left an imprint on her Chery Tiggo debut, scattering 12 attacks, three aces, and two blocks for 17 markers. Fellow newcomer Rachel Austero provided ample support with nine points. Meanwhile, mainstay Shaya Adorador chimed in nine as well.
Despite the absence of the towering Santiago siblings, the Crossovers were able to impose their will at the net.
The newly-rebranded squad collected eleven kill blocks, with a bulk coming from Austero and Elaine Kasilag. They made life above the net harder for every Lady Skipper not named Cutura and Souzan Raslan.
Cutura detonated an eye-popping 36 points anchored on 30 attacks and five aces that ultimately went for naught. On the other hand, Raslan managed 12 markers in a losing cause.
The two were the only Marinerang Pilipina players to grace the twin-digit threshold, as Gen Casugod and Judith Abil only had seven and six, respectively.
Chery Tiggo eyes to pick up its second consecutive win when it faces defending champion Petron on Saturday, March 7. Meanwhile, Marinerang Pilipina tries to carve out a victory when it tangles with Sta. Lucia on the same day. Both matches will be held at the FilOil Flying V Centre.