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PLDT stifles Cocolife to maintain hold of top four spot



Tiebreaker Times PLDT stifles Cocolife to maintain hold of top four spot News PSL Volleyball  Yaasmeen Bedart-Ghani United VC Roger Gorayeb PLDT Home Fibr Power Hitters Lizlee Ann Pantone Kendra Dahlke Kalei Mau Joshua Ylaya Jasmine Nabor Grace Lazard 2019 PSL Season 2019 PSL Grand Prix
Photo from Roman Prospero/PSL

Needing momentary breathing room for a top four spot, the PLDT Home Fibr Power Hitters ended their 2019 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix elimination round campaign with a sweep of United Volleyball Club, 25-23, 25-16, 25-22, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

PLDT opened the match behind 12-17, but quickly regained their footing thanks to a 5-1 run spearheaded by import Kendra Dahlke. Kendra Lazard then struck late in the first set, finding a kill and a block that put PLDT up, 24-22. Following a block from UVC captain Kalei Mau, Lazard ended the set with a ferocious quick attack.

The next two sets had the Power Hitters dominate wire-to-wire, as UVC failed to respond to their offensive assaults.

The win places PLDT at an 8-6 record, giving them hold of the third seed and a quarterfinal twice-to-beat advantage temporarily, as Cignal HD (7-6) and UVC (6-6) finish off their elimination round schedule.

PLDT head coach Roger Gorayeb expressed his delight at his team’s performance in a crucial outing.

“Malaking bagay para sa amin kasi nga sobrang crucial nung laban kung gusto namin na may kaunting advantage kami sa quarters,” said Gorayeb.

“Wala pang sure sa standings, pero maganda na nakapwesto kami ngayon. Maghihintay na lang kami ng resulta na, hopefully, pumabor sa amin,” the triple crown champion in the PVL added.

Dahlke finished with 24 points off 21 attacks, two blocks, and an ace, while Lazard contributed 15 markers.

UVC were still without import Tai Manu-Olevao, who was still in Hawaii attending to a personal matter. Yaasmeen Bedart-Ghani topped UVC with 21 points, while Mau managed 18.

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UVC face Petron (12-0) on Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Scores

PLDT (3) – Dahlke 24, Lazard 15, Urdas 9, Soltones 5, Nabor 3, Sta. Rita 2, Alvarez 0, Pantone (L)

UVC (0) – Bedart-Ghani 21, Mau 18, Ahomiro 5, Palec 3, Robins-Hardy 3, Angustia 2, Tejada 1, Tiu 1, Pineda (L)

Miguel Luis Flores fell face first into sports writing in high sch9l and has never gotten up. He reluctantly stumbled into the volleyball beat when he started with Tiebreaker Times three years ago. Now, he has waded through everything volleyball - from its icky politics to the post-modern art that is Jia Morado's setting.