Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times


Spikers Turf: VNS stays alive, earns emotional win vs Army

VNS survived the upset-seeking Army in five sets, 25-14, 20-25, 18-25, 25-11, 15-13, to stay alive in the 2023 Spikers’ Turf Open Conference semifinals race, Wednesday at the Paco Arena.

The Griffins – whose headquarters in Novaliches, Quezon City almost got ravaged by a fire that started from a nearby factory – pulled through against the Troopers. They overcame a 1-2 deficit en route to their sixth win in nine outings which kept them in the semis race.

“Actually hindi kami masyadong nakapag-training kasi nasunugan kami. Nasunog yung likod na factory namin, so dumampi na yung apoy sa may homecourt namin. So yung mga players ko walang mga tulog ‘yan,” said VNS head coach Ralph Ocampo.

Pemie Bagalay continued to step up for VNS, scoring a game-high 20 points on 16 attacks, two aces, and two blocks. He also had 15 excellent receptions and 10 digs to finish with a triple-double after almost two hours of action.

Rocky Motol supplied 13 points, while the pair of Jeremy Pedrosa and Jake Buslig chipped in 13 and 10 markers each.

“Nakakatrauma yung experience pero yung mga player ko talaga, I salute them kasi naglaro pa rin sila nang maayos despite of all the tragedy,” said Ocampo

VNS still has a chance to make the Final Four but they must sweep their final game and hope that Iloilo will drop both of its remaining matches, which will force a tiebreaker through set ratio.

On the other hand, Benjaylo Labide paced the 3-7 Army with 13 points. Kevin Liberato and PJ Rojas each had 12 points.

#ReadMore  Gilas participation uncertain for Pogoy as fractured finger slow to heal

VNS will go up against PGJC-Navy on Sunday at 12:30 PM.

Written By

You May Also Like


Criss Cross slammed the door shut on Savouge Aesthetics, but not without some challenge, 25-15, 25-19, 31-33, 25-19, thus completing the semifinals cast of...


Philippine Air Force ended its six-game slump by slaying VNS-Nasty in five sets, 29-27, 15-25, 23-25, 25-21, 15-13, to end its 2024 Spikers’ Turf...


Defending champion Cignal averted a major collapse while the D’Navigators got back on the winning track in the 2024 Spikers’ Turf Open Conference on...


VNS-Nasty secured its second win in the 2024 Spikers’ Turf Open Conference, eliminating Maverick, 22-25, 25-21, 25-11, 25-15, Friday evening at the Ynares Sports...


Red-hot PGJC-Navy stretched its dominant streak, making quick work of VNS-Nasty, 25-14, 25-16, 25-21, for its fifth consecutive victory in the 2024 Spikers’ Turf...


Ateneo de Manila University bolstered its Final Four drive with a 25-17, 23-25, 25-19, 25-20 win over University of the East in the UAAP...


In VNS-Nasty’s quest for redemption in the 2024 Spikers’ Turf Open Conference, one name rises above the rest—Wewe Medina. With a blend of youthfulness...


VNS-Nasty secured its breakthrough win in the 2024 Spikers’ Turf Open Conference at the expense of the luckless Richmarc Sports 3B, with a score...