With their offensive will and impeccable defense, the Petro Gazz Angels made a strong statement as the team to beat in the 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference, finishing the first round undefeated.
The Angels continue to dominate the tournament as they made quick work of the Pacifictown Army Lady Troopers in straight sets, 25-12, 29-27, 25-15, earlier at the Filoil Flying V Center.
Petro Gazz showed another strong game as they stepped up especially in their net defense, scoring 12 against Pacifictown’s three to take the game and finish the first round untainted.
While she felt satisfied with how they played so far, American reinforcement Janisa Johnson said the Angels still have a lot to improve on.
“It’s a great feeling for me because all our hard work paid off. We still have the second round to go, but we have to push even more. But this first round and the results are amazing because we worked hard,” she said.
Johnson and fellow reinforcement Wilma Salas provided the one-two punch for Petro Gazz as they top-scored for their team anew, finishing with 27 and 22 points respectively.
Petro Gazz took the opening set with ease as they led early to get momentum, but the Angels experienced a scare from the Lady Troopers in the second set as they trailed late-game, 17-22.
However, the Angels regained form and fired from the offensive end led by their two guest players to take a two-set advantage.
It was all Petro Gazz from the on as the Lady Troopers struggled to get back in rhythm, with the Angels’ net defense neutralizing Pacifictown’s attacks, eventually taking the third set and the victory.
Despite finishing the first round without dropping any set, the Angels almost saw that event happening with their shaky second set.
According to Johnson, that particular lapse in their game showed that Petro Gazz is still far from perfection, and that her team has their work cut out for them going into the second round.
“You saw the second set and we made a lot of mistakes, and so that shows that we have a lot of aspects to improve on because we were a little [bumpy] in this game, so we definitely have to practice and work on our mistakes,” Johnson said.
Head coach Arnold Laniog echoed the same sentiment, saying there should be no room for complacency in his team if they want to succeed further in the second round.
“Hangga’t hindi pa tapos, hangga’t hindi pa namin nakukuha ‘yung pinaka-goal namin as a team, tatrabahuhin pa namin,” Laniog said.