Games today (Wednesday)
3:00 p.m. – Chery Tiggo vs Sta. Lucia
6:00 p.m. – BaliPure vs Creamline
ILOCOS NORTE – Choco Mucho dished out a game just good enough to hurdle a struggling team like Cignal HD, coming away with a 26-24, 25-12, 25-17 victory on Tuesday to match Creamline’s fiery start in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference here.
Except for a first-set scramble, the Flying Titans proved too strong, too powerful for the HD Spikers, posting huge leads in the next two frames on their way to annexing their fourth win-in-a-row and a share of the lead with the idle Cool Smashers under the bubble set-up at the PCV Socio-Civic Cultural Center in Bacarra.
“I admire the players, they’re really working hard, preparing a lot physically, mentally and spiritually,” said Choco Mucho coach Oliver Almadro, who also cited his wards’ ability to pace themselves and adjust to the demands and rigors of the grueling daily grind in the single round elims among 10 teams spread just over three weeks.
Choco Mucho also drew the needed firepower from Kat Tolentino, Bea de Leon and Ponggay Gaston with the Flying Titans likewise pouncing on the HD Spikers’ miscues and mishits to post their third straight straight-set victory after kicking off their campaign with a four-set win over the PLDT Power Hitters.
Tolentino fired 16 hits, including the last two that lifted the team in the opening frame; de Leon backed her up with 11 points, including three kill blocks; while Gaston finished with nine points, highlighted by a couple of power attacks in the fourth that helped secure the victory capped by Shanne Palec’s hit.
Meanwhile, Creamline puts its unbeaten slate on the line against a previously unfancied team that has continued to stir up play in the league as the Cool Smashers face the BaliPure Water Defenders today.
So much is at stake in the 6 p.m. encounter with the Cool Smashers seeking to stretch their win run to five in a bid to close in on one of the semifinal seats in the inaugural staging of the country’s pro volley league.
Chery Tiggo, back in the groove after thumping Perlas in three last Monday, shoots for its fourth win in five games as it tangles with a resurgent Sta. Lucia side, which repulsed Cignal HD last Tuesday for a 2-3 card, at 3 p.m.
Games are telecast live on One Sports (Free to Air), and One Sports+ (Pay TV) with both channels available for linear streaming on Cignal Play and on gigafest.smart with replays on www.pvl.ph.
In the other match, Petro Gazz rose from a second set stumble and went on to claim a 25-12, 20-25, 25-21, 25-20 victory over PLDT Home Fibr as the Angels tied the Chery Tiggo Crossovers at third while sending the Power Hitters to the brink.
The win was Petro Gazz’s third against a loss while dealing PLDT its fifth straight setback.