Back to their winning ways after five straight losses to start the tournament, it is safe to say that the Philippine Air Force Lady Jet Spikers have found their groove.
After taking an early two-set advantage, head coach Jasper Jimenez knew his squad needed to finish the match quickly as Motolite was known to stage late-game comebacks, having done it in the past two games.
“Biniro ko na kanina e—sabi ko, straight sets yan. Siguro nagkataon lang,” Jimenez said.
The Lady Jet Spikers clinched their fourth straight win after disposing of Motolite in straight sets, 25-22, 25-23, 25-20, earlier in the 2019 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center.
After a tightly-contested opening set win, Air Force almost gave away the second salvo with Motolite leading in the latter part, 18-22.
However, the Dell Palomata-led Lady Jet Spikers strung six straight points to arrive at set point, eventually taking the two-set advantage.
Air Force pounced on their momentum as they led early in the third set, capitalizing on Motolite’s error-plagued game and varying their plays to eventually take the victory.
While no one finished in double digits for the Lady Jet Spikers, eight of the nine fielded-in players contributed to the scoring effort, with Palomata and May Pantino leading the way with nine points each.
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Though Jimenez expects his squad to push their game further, he lauded his team’s four-game winning streak after starting their campaign with a five-game losing slump.
“Parang nakakasawa din ‘yung limang straight na talo e, ‘yung feeling na hindi mo maintindihan,” Jimenez said.
“Siguro naiisip namin before ‘yung mga ginagawa naming routine nung time na nananalo kami—nawala kasi iyon, so binalik lang namin ‘yung togetherness namin at ‘yung lumalaban kami as a team,” he added.
Jimenez also said Myla Pablo still missing action for Motolite was also a huge factor in their win earlier, noting the open spiker’s leadership and scoring prowess.
“Malaki rin na wala si Myla, kasi wala masyadong leader sa kanila, isang beterano na superstar pa. Malaking bagay ‘yung leadership ni Myla sa loob. Doon tumaas lalo ‘yung kumpiyansa ng Motolite,” the head coach said.
With the resurgence of their winning culture, Jimenez expects his squad to reach their target of finishing in the Final Four and eventually taking the championship.
The Lady Jet Spikers look to clinch their fifth straight win as they face the Banko Perlas Spikers on Sunday.