The Choco Mucho Flying Titans remained undefeated in five straight games after beating the BaliPure Purest Water Defenders 25-23, 23-25, 25-15, 25-21, in the 2021 PVL Open Conference at the PCV Socio-Civic & Cultural Center in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte Friday, July 30.
Trailing 22-18 in the fourth set, BaliPure put up a fight by scoring three straight points but Choco Mucho returned the favor with a 3-0 run of its own capped by Kat Tolentino’s down the line hit for the win.
Tolentino led Choco Mucho with 25 points on top of 23 kills while Bea De Leon hammered 10 points.
Ponggay Gaston’s eight of nine markers came from kills while Maddie Madayag chipped in eight.
Choco Mucho coach Oliver Almadro was nothing but praises for BaliPure for giving the Flying Titans a good challenge.
“Alam mo naman BaliPure, since the tournament started, they’re so resilient,” said Almadro. “‘Yong hustle nila andon kapag nagulat ka sa hustle nila, lalabas na doon cohesiveness ng team kung matagal na kami magkasama ‘yon ang point doon. ‘Yong 5-0 wala ‘yon ang importante ‘yong learning araw-araw.
“Kailangan maka-recover din katawan. BaliPure played well. Na-challenge kami and maganda sa mga player. They accepted the challenge especially Kat and Denden [Lazaro-Revilla] so talagang marami pa ding bagay-bagay na kailangang maging consistent and fluid pa.”
Lazaro-Revilla, for her part, showed who’s boss on securing floor defense with 31 excellent digs and 10 receptions.
Bombita Grazielle once again paced BaliPure with 15 points while Genevieve Casugod added 10.
The Flying Titans are still tied with the Creamline Cool Smashers as the top-seeded teams while the Purest Water Defenders suffered their second straight loss and fell to a 2-3 record.
The Perlas Spikers and the Petro Gazz Angels are battling each other as of press time.