The Petro Gazz Angels beat the Cignal HD Spikers, 25-22, 25-18, 25-21, for their second win in the 2021 PVL Open Conference at the PVC Socio-Civic & Cultural Center in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte Friday, July 23.
Grethcel Soltones spearheaded the Angels with 14 points, 12 coming from kills, Ces Molina chalked up 11 markers, while Ria Meneses and Myla Pablo posted 10 points apiece.
Tied at 20-all in the third set, Petro Gazz unloaded a 4-0 run capped by Molina’s tip down the line to reach match point.
May Luna scored back for Cignal but Meneses put the nail in the coffin by shutting down Klarisa Abriam’s off-timing crosscourt attempt en route to the Angels’ second win.
Petro Gazz coach Arnold Laniog said his wards must instill that “stable mindset” of getting back up despite adversities, citing their recent loss against the unbeaten Creamline Cool Smashers.
“All the way ba kahit makaranas ka ng down [moments], katulad kami nung natalo. Kanina nanalo, good thing… Kailangan pa talagang trabahuhin para sa future games,” said Laniog. “But anyway, third game pa rin lang naman so ‘yon, one game at a time. Ang importante, nanalo.”
Petro Gazz’s formidable floor defense was also evident thanks to the efforts of libero Kath Arado, who had 23 excellent digs out of 34, and Molina, who tallied 16 of 18 digs.
Luna, meanwhile, topscored for the HD Spikers with 12 kills to haul 15 points.
The Angels improved to a 2-1 record while the HD Spikers fell to a 1-2 slate.