Sweet comeback: Reviewing the Pacifictown Army Lady Troopers’ 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference campaign

After two years of inactivity, the Pacifictown Army Lady Troopers reintroduced themselves as a force to be reckoned with as they finished third in the 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference. 

Mainly composed of game veterans, the Lady Troopers showed what experience could bring as they fought their way to a ninth consecutive podium finish in the league.

The tournament saw not only their comeback as a team, but also the resurgence of few players who have been absent or under the radar for quite some time. Jovelyn Gonzaga, who was sidelined for a long time after suffering a knee injury, did some reintroducing along with Honey Royse Tubino, who displayed her trademark offense in the tournament and proved she can still compete along with new blood.

Along with powerful imports Olena Lymareva-Flink and Jenelle Jordan, Pacifictown Army saw the right amount of firepower to propel themselves at the top of the competition.

Lymareva-Flink served as the team’s main scoring machine, finishing as the third best scorer of the tournament after the elimination round with 186 points. Jordan and Tubino, meanwhile, finished eleventh and thirteenth with 112 and 97 points respectively.

Libero Angela Nunag was also one of the bright spots for the Lady Troopers, being awarded as the Best Libero with her stellar numbers in the tournament. She finished first in digging with 3.76 excellent digs per set and seventh in receiving with a 33.46 percent efficiency.

In terms of team effort, Pacifictown Army showed its excellence in floor defense. Led by Nunag, the team finished first in the digging department with 14.05 excellent digs per set, just 0.05 points ahead of the Creamline Cool Smashers.

However, their performance in the other departments turned out to be in the middle of the road. While the Lady Troopers placed third in the spiking and serving department, their net defense proved to be their weakest link as they placed last in the tournament. Their setting and receiving also placed in the lower half of the team statistics, placing fifth.

Despite being a veteran-laden team, Pacifictown Army fell short of achieving the top prize with the Cool Smashers and eventual champions Petro Gazz Angels proving to be more well-rounded teams. While the Lady Troopers excelled offensively, their main detriment was their net defense–with the other teams bringing their own firepower, it was imperative for them to step up in blocking in order to contain the offense, but they unfortunately didn’t.

However, it was a good finish for the Lady Troopers considering their comeback in the league after two years of absence. And with their local players slowly regaining form, it is only a matter of time before they go back on top.

Pacifictown Army looks to achieve dominance in the upcoming 2019 PVL Open Conference as they gun for their third championship in the league.

 

 

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