Nicole Tiamzon hopes bounce-back win sparks fire in Perlas Spikers

After losing their previous game against defending champions Creamline Cool Smashers, team captain Nicole Tiamzon hopes the BanKo Perlas Spikers finally get their groove back.

BanKo successfully bounced back from their previous loss after overpowering Motolite in straight sets, 26-24, 32-30, 26-24, earlier in the 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center.

The Perlas Spikers managed to pull through against a tough Motolite team who kept close to them all throughout the game, stepping up in the crucial parts of the set to take the win.

Four players finished in double digits for BanKo, with American reinforcement Kia Bright and team captain Nicole Tiamzon recording triple-double performances with 20 and 10 points each.

Meanwhile, middle blockers Kathy Bersola and Yasemin Yildirim recorded 11 points to contribute to their cause.

Winning a tightly contested game, Tiamzon said the Perlas Spikers needed this win in order to get back in beat and prove to themselves that they could still thrive in tough situations.

“Sa akin, nakukuha na namin ulit ‘yung tempo ng team. More on sana mag-enjoy kami, which nagawa namin kanina, and ‘yung kapit especially in the second set,” Tiamzon said.

 

“Ang tagal na naming hindi napunta doon sa pressure set na iyon e. So it’s good training not just physically but also mentally for us,” she added.

The game turned out to be a seesaw battle especially in the second set, with both BanKo and Motolite trading points until Bright had enough, finishing the set with back-to-back kills for a two-set advantage.

In the crucial parts of the set, Tiamzon reminded her teammates to play to a single mantra: walang bibitaw.

“A lot of times, lahat naman kami nakaranas ng ganong gitgitan. Although may mga times na nandoon na kami, iba kasi ‘yung feeling na mafe-feel mo siya ulit. Iyong maturity, doon lumalabas e, ‘yung kapit, ‘yung laban at puso na pinaghirapan namin,” Tiamzon said.

The Perlas Spikers were initially caught off-guard with Trinidad and Tobago national Krystel Esdelle playing for the first time for Motolite to replace Bosnian player Edina Selimovic.

However, BanKo managed to adjust with Esdelle’s style of play as the game went on, with their wing spikers checking the other team’s import to reduce her outputs.

“Nagulat kami kasi may bago palang import, hindi namin alam. Pero kahit may mga ganung situations, kailangan naming mag-adjust agad e. Hindi man namin na-scout yung import na ‘yon pero pabilisan talaga ng adjusting sa game,” Tiamzon said.

With the win, the Perlas Spikers improve their standings with a 2-2 win-loss record, while Motolite goes down with a winless 0-3 slate.

With one game left in a jampacked first round, Tiamzon hopes BanKo finally creates momentum in order to win more games in the second round.

“Makuha sana namin ‘yung momentum namin, kasi it’s only a month, and within a week, ang dami naming nalaro. Sana itong game na ‘to and ‘yung game against Army, babawiin na namin papunta sa second round,” she ended.

The Perlas Spikers look to end their first round on a high note as they take on Pacifictown Army Lady Troopers on Saturday.

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