With a battle that quickly changed pace and momentum, errors decided the outcome of the game.
After the Banko Perlas Spikers won their fifth game of the tournament, Dzi Gervacio was relieved her team played a relatively cleaner game to emerge victorious.
“Sa ganoong dikdikan na laban, it’s those who make the errors na matatalo,” Gervacio said.
The Perlas Spikers soared to another victory after outlasting the Balipure Water Defenders in five sets, 19-25, 25-18, 25-21, 23-25, 15-12, earlier in the 2019 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center.
After losing the opening salvo, Banko responded by taking the next two sets to come closer to the win. However, Balipure survived a tightly contested fourth set to take the game to a decider.
Leading by three points, 8-5, the Perlas Spikers seemed to lose focus as their defensive lapses helped the Water Defenders mount a six-point run, 8-11.
However, Banko showed composure as they responded right back with three straight points, 11-all, before Gervacio took over in the final stretch with back-to-back hits to take the game home.
“Si Jem din, sabi sa akin, “sa’yo na”. Kahit nung fourth set, sinabi na niya sa akin na ‘ikakarga ko na sa’yo ha’, so just be prepared for it,” Gervacio said.
The former Ateneo standout led the Perlas Spikers with 19 points, while Kathy Bersola and team captain Nicole Tiamzon added 15 and 13, respectively.
Gervacio admitted Banko struggled to find their groove all throughout the game, as they got outperformed by Balipure in spikes, blocks, and the defensive skills.
However, errors defined the game as the Water Defenders committed 40 big errors, compared to the Perlas Spikers’ 25.
“Ang sabi lang namin, basta taas lang namin ‘yung bola tapos gagawan lang ng paraan even if it’s not a perfect set, pass, or hit, tapos coverage lang,” Gervacio said.
According to her, the Perlas Spikers struggled to get back into the game after a long week of rest, saying they took a while to find their rhythm.
“Feeling ko nanibago [kami] na ang tagal ng pahinga, tapos naiba ‘yung routine even sa practice. Earlier we started really slow, so we told ourselves that we have to wake up, individually be responsible, and up the energy as a team,” Gervacio said.
The team veteran also reminded her teammates to step up after Tiamzon left the game halfway into the fourth set, as she had to catch a flight going to South Korea for a UNESCO event.
“Knowing that si Tiammy, umalis siya in the middle of the game, we had to step up and contribute for what she gives, kasi usually siya ‘yung top scorer namin lagi,” Gervacio said.
The Banko Perlas Spikers look to clinch their sixth win of the tournament as they face Motolite on Wednesday.
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