The Petro Gazz Angels clinched the bronze medal in the 2021 PVL Open Conference after making quick work of the Choco Mucho Flying Titans, 25-20, 25-18, 25-21, in Game 2 of the battle for third place at the PCV Socio-Civic & Cultural Center in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte Thursday, Aug. 12.
Myla Pablo led Petro Gazz with 14 kills for 16 points.
Choco Mucho had the chance to force a fourth set after unloading a mini 4-0 blitz capped by back-to-back errors from Petro Gazz to trail at 19-22.
After another quick exchange of points, Pablo hit a solid crosscourt kill to seal the deal for the Angels.
“Worth it lahat ng sakripisyo and yung mga paghihirap ng mga players or as a team doon sa bubble training namin going here,” said Petro Gazz coach Arnold Laniog.
“Tapos ‘yong one month talaga na nandito kami iba ‘yong experience talaga emotionally [at] macha-challenge ka mentally.”
Tied at 10-10 in the third set, Petro Gazz uncorked a 7-0 run to pull away at 17-10 capped by an easy put from Seth Rodriguez before Choco Mucho rallied to cut the deficit by four, 22-19, but to no avail.
Caitlyn Viray topscored for Choco Mucho with eight kills for nine points sans starters Bea De Leon, Kat Tolentino, Denden Lazaro-Revilla, and Maddie Madayag, who was injured in Game 1, while Ponggay Gaston, Regine Arocha, and Deanna Wong played limited minutes.