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Spikers Turf: Dolor rallies VNS from two sets down, dumps VNS in campaign finale


Greg Dolor dropped 28 points to power PGJC-Navy’s massive 23-25, 32-34, 25-20, 25-22, 15-13 comeback against VNS in the 2023 Spikers’ Turf Open Conference on Sunday at the Paco Arena.

In their final game, Dolor fired a game-high 27 attacks to go along with an ace to help the Sealions fight back from a 0-2 deficit and finish the tournament in sixth place with a 5-5 slate.

Christian Marcelino had a big game as well for Navy with 21 points on 18 attacks and three huge blocks.

Sean Victor Pado tossed 10 excellent sets while Bryle Tabuclao tallied 22 excellent receptions and 20 excellent digs.

Sealions head coach Cecile Cruzada lamented the team’s lack of connection against the Griffins which led to the early 0-2 deficit. Still, she was proud of how the team, who missed a few key players throughout the season, ended the tournament.

“Siguro na-sobrahan sila sa kumpyansa kaya ganun yung nilaro nila pero buti na lang nakaahon, nakahabol kami kaya ayun nanalo pa. Wala kasi silang communication, ‘di na nage-enjoy, wala ng first ball, kaya ayun biglang bumagsak talaga,” said Cruzada.

“Dito kasi sa lineup namin ngayon is marami talagang bago kasi dalawa lang halos ang natira, si Dolor at si Marcelino kasi yung apat namin nasa military training pero yung mga bago naming kuha at least napupunan nila pero kulang pa sa lakas ng loob,” she added.

Meanwhile, four players from VNS reached double digits in scoring led by Jeremy Pedrosa and Pemie Bagalay, who finished with 18 and 17 points, respectively. The former had 14 excellent digs as well while the latter added 28 excellent receptions.

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Rocky Motol chipped in 15 points while Russel Fronda had 13 as the Griffins capped off their campaign in fifth place with a 6-4 standing.

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