Chery Tiggo opened its Premier Volleyball League Open Conference with a bang after smashing PLDT Home Fibr, 25-20, 25-17, 25-6, at the PVC Socio-Cultural Civic Center in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte.
Joy Dacoron, Dindin Santiago-Manabat and Jaja Santiago spearheaded the Crossovers’ assault by combining for 36 points to pick up their first win in this historic start of local volleyball competition.
Dacoron led with 13 points while sisters Dindin and Jaja chipped in 12 and 11.
Chery Tiggo coach Aaron Velez lauded his players for starting their bid on a bright note but noted that there are still a lot to adjust after being sidelined for more than a year due to the pandemic.
“Na-perform naman nila yung kanilang mga roles, however, this is still part of our adjustment period so we need to still push harder,” Velez said.
The Santiago sisters took charge of Chery Tiggo’s offense by combining for 17 of the team’s 38 attacks while Dacoron had six of the team’s nine blocks.
The Crossovers also sizzled at the service area with eight aces – four coming from Jaja – and took advantage of the Power Hitters’ lackluster defense as PLDT failed to convert a single block out of 33 tries.
None from PLDT scored in twin figures with Isa Molde and Christine Joy Soyud managing only eight and seven points.
Jaja relished reuniting with older sister Dindin inside the court.
“Siyempre masaya kasi andiyan ulit yung taong umaalalay sakin at the same time, ganun din ako sa kanya,” Jaja said.
“Nakikita ko naman sa aming dalawa ni Ate Dindin talaga pag magkasama kami yung challenge, yung pag-alalay, talagang gumaganda yung laro namin.”