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Panaga, Prado show way as Petro Gazz get back on track, deal Army first loss


Coming off a stinging loss to Creamline last Saturday, the Petro Gazz Angels dumped their frustrations on PacificTown-Army, whipping the Lady Troopers in straight-sets, 25-15, 25-15, 25-19, in the 2019 PVL Open Conference, Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

“Kumbaga for me, maganda, pero nakita ko na yung nakita namin ilabas eh, especially sa training. Pero yung challenge sa’min ay kung paano ipakita sa game,” Petro Gazz head Arnold Laniog said. “Pero of course, marami pang trabahuhin.”

Tied at 18-all, the Lady Troopers found themselves in a heap of trouble. They coughed up three consecutive errors and set up a breakaway for the Angels, who then relied on their net defense to further stifle the opposition.

Following back-to-back kill blocks from Jeanette Panaga and Jonah Sabete, Jovie Prado delivered the match point via a drop ball. Sabete then roofed Nene Bautista to seal their stunning sweep of PacificTown–Army.

Panaga and Prado showed the way for the Angels, who evened their card to a 2-2 slate.

Panaga netted three aces and hammered down two kill blocks en route to a game-high 13 points. Meanwhile, Prado supplied 12 markers off nine attacks and two aces to go along with eight excellent receptions.

Sabete and Paneng Mercado chipped nine points apiece. The former had three blocks, while the latter poured in nine attacks on top of nine excellent receptions. Cherry Nunag managed seven markers.

Djanel Cheng tossed 12 excellent sets, while Cienne Cruz manned the floor with 15 excellent digs and 13 excellent receptions.

On the other hand, PacificTown–Army – along with Air Force – came off a one-week league in Cagayan De Oro.

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The Angels outperformed the fatigue-stricken Lady Troopers on all fronts, tallying a 43-32 differential in spikes, 7-2 in blocks, and 6-3 in aces.

“‘Yung Air Force at Army, galing sa one-week tournament, sila pa naglaban doon. Tinake advantage namin na pagod sila at ‘di ganun naka-recover katawan nila,” Laniog added.

Royse Tubino was the lone double-digit scorer for the Lady Troopers, who absorbed their first loss in three matches. She nailed 10 points – built on nine attacks and an ace – laced with seven excellent digs.

Fresh off a championship match with Cignal last night, Jovelyn Gonzaga managed seven attacks and an ace for eight markers on top of 13 excellent digs.

Petro Gazz will next face the win-hungry Air Force Lady Jet Spikers, while PacificTown–Army take on the Motolite Power Builders. Both matches will be played on Sunday at the same venue.

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