By the numbers: PVL elims’ first half report

The first half of the eliminations of Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference 2018 is done and as promised, it was packed with action and drama.

Heavyweights Creamline Cool Smashers and PayMaya High Flyers hold the no. 1 and no. 2 standings with identical 3-1 cards.

BaliPure Purest Water Defenders and its NU junior spikers continue their impressive winning ways as they sit at no. 3 with two wins in three outings.

Reigning champs Pocari-Air Force find themselves in unfamiliar territory as they dwell in the bottom half of the standings at no. 6.

Action returns this Wednesday at Flying V Centre in San Juan with BaliPure and Banko-Perlas Spikers going head to head at 4 p.m., while Iriga City Lady Oragons and Pocari-Air Force will try to get another one in the win column when they clash at 6:30 p.m.

Here the numbers that highlighted the first weeks of the import-flavored conference.

4 – So far, there have been four exciting five-setter matches since day 1. Newcomer Petro Gazz Angels played three of those matches and won one yesterday at the expense of Banko-Perlas.

96 – Jutarat Montrilla of Banko-Perlas is currently the top scorer of the tournament with 96 points built on 82 kills, eight blocks and six aces. The Thai sensation’s efforts, though, were not enough to keep her squad from falling to the bottom of the team standings.

19, 25 – Nazareth School of National University libero Jennifer Nierva was a superstar during BaliPure’s five-set win against Petro Gazz last March 16. The high school standout is the tournament’s third best digger and best receiver as of the moment and has tallied 19 digs and 25 excellent receptions on 58.14 percent efficiency.

0 – No teams will be ending their season winless.

58 – BaliPure’s Janina Johnson may have arrived late, but she has already accumulated 58 points in just two outings. The American outside hitter dropped tournament-high 31 markers in her debut game and followed it with a 27-point performance last Saturday.

8 – PayMaya imposed their might as they limited Tacloban Fighting Waray to a mere eight points in the first set of the opening game of the tournament. The Roger Gorayeb-backed squad won the match in straight sets.

36 – Mel Gohing’s reception breathed life in Creamline’s five-set loss from Banko-Perlas during day 1 of PVL On Tour in Tuguegarao last week. The former Lady Spiker tallied 36 excellent receptions on a 50 percent success rate.

101 – BaliPure’s offense is well-oiled thanks to Joyme Cagande. The NSNU setter currently sits atop the setting department with 101 excellent sets, averaging 7.77 per set.

0 – The league and its partner network ABS-CBN S+A received backlash during the first installment of the PVL On Tour held at Tuguegarao last week. Fans were not happy after finding out that the highly-anticipated two-day games will not be aired live on TV and can only be accessed thru poor quality live streaming.

11 – Gretchel Soltones has seen limited court time for PayMaya. The 2017 PVL Reinforced Conference 2nd Best Outside Hitter has only tallied 11 points so far.

28 – Former Thai national team spiker Hyapya Amporn dropped 28 markers against Banko-Perlas for Tacloban’s second win four matches.

4 – Through the years, the league has been the stage for Thai spikers’ volleyball prowess. This year, four spikers from the neighbor country graced the league: Creamline’s Kuttika Kaewpin, Banko-Perlas’ Montripila, and Tacloban’s Amporn and Sasiwipol Sangpan.

15.5 – Alyssa Valdez is the top performing local player of the tournament so far. The Creamline Cool Smashers skipper averages 15.5 hits per match and is the eight-best spiker and second best server.