Ace hitter Myla Pablo erupted for 26 big markers as Motolite dismantled BanKo-Perlas in four sets, 26-28, 25-14, 25-19, 25-17, Saturday to equalize in the battle for bronze in the 2019 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan.
Bouncing back from a Game 1 sweep, Pablo unloaded 24 kills and a pair of blocks to give Motolite at least another shot at clinching a podium finish.
The Motolite skipper took charge from the get-go as she delivered points from all angles including the three consecutive set-ending kills.
For Pablo, they could’ve won the match via three sets but they fell short in the tight opening frame. Nevertheless, they recovered and took home the win to at least secure a Game 3 depending on the results of the championship game later.
“Actually, noong first set talaga alam naming nandoon na kami pero bumitaw kami sa dulo. And then sabi nga namin na hindi pa tapos ‘yung laban, kunin namin ‘tong Game 2, and ‘yun nga nagtulung-tulong kami as a team,” said Pablo.
Tied at 25, Banko-Perlas rallied behind Sue Roces and Ana Gopico to bag the first set amid a scorching Pablo.
With Pablo in front of the helm, Motolite then took control from the second set onwards behind the scoring efforts of Tots Carlos and Isa Molde, who both led the squad’s fourth set late surge after being knotted with BanKo-Perlas at 16.
Despite the win, Motolite is not out of the woods yet as BanKo-Perlas had the advantage in terms of set wins as the latter finished the series opener in only three sets.
Motolite’s fate lies at the hands of PetroGazz, who also needs to win Game 2 of the Finals to force a decider on Wednesday.
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