Manila, Philippines-PLDT blew a big lead in the fourth set but reached the fifth place with a 25-21, 21-25, 25-17, 28-30, 15-8 game against F2 Logistics in the middle of the decider. Place in the classification of the Volleyball League Open Conference.
The High Speed Heaters lowered Cargo Movers on the stretch, gaining three points from their opponents’ attack error while two came in to score to turn a shaky 9-7 lead into a 14-7 buffer.
Kim Dye tried to free himself from two faulty hits through an explosion that saved a match point, only to be blocked by two PLDT defenders to find his attack in the next game, handing the set, match and fifth place to high speed hitters. .
Cargo Movers finished sixth in their first PVL term.
The high speed heaters seemed ready to turn it into four after taking control in the middle and stretch but fell into the maze of error, enabling Cargo Movers to come back down 19-23, extend the set and pull off. Win
PLDT had 17 errors, the fourth of which contained a cluster of extended service errors.
Earlier, fighting from a set down in Balipur, Cherry then dominated Tigo to decide 15-25, 25-20, 18-25, 25-22, 15-7 but the Water defenders were still in ninth and last place. Two points.
The crossover, who stunned the Crimline Cool Smashers in last year’s final of the league’s inaugural Pro Staging but fought in the absence of top player Jaza Santiago this year, finished eighth with three points.
Army Black Mamba dropped five-setter to Cherry Tigo last weekend but is in seventh place with four points.
Bernadette Flora and Marian Buitre unloaded 14 and 13 points, respectively, while Jenin Marciano added 11 hits and provided 10 points for General Kasugod and Nariel Ipak Water defenders.
Mylin Pout and Dindin Santiago improved with 26 and 20 points respectively, but the crossovers lost steam in the face of a strong windup of water defenders.
Shaya Adorado and Rachel Ostero have each chipped in by seven points and Mika Ortiz and Jasmine Nabor have won by 12 points.
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