Chery Tiggo dominated the PLDT Power Hitters, winning in three sets, -20, 25-17, 25-6, in the 2021 Philippine Volleyball League Open Conference on Saturday at the PCV Socio-Civic Cultural Center in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte.
The Crossovers leaned on the skills and experience of Dindin Manabat, Jaja Santiago, Arianne Layug and Mylene Paat to power their way to the victory which they completed in just 69 minutes.
The Crossovers gained some separation in the tight match with a strong finishing kick in the first set. Then, they found the Power Hitters to be an easy target in the next two sets, which they dominated with firepower, cohesion and superb net defense as they huddled on each point scored and every point given.
“We talked about playing relaxed so we can focused on the game,” said Manabat.
The Aaron Velez-coached Crossovers made it look easy after the first set with Dacoron leading their pull-away in the second frame with back-to-back blocks on their way to a 19-12 bulge before Layug scored on two straight hits and PLDT yielded another point on an unforced error.
Manabat ended up with a 12-hit performance, next to Dacoron’s 13-point output.
Isa Molde led PLDT with nine hits while Joy Soyud backed her up with seven. Santiago ended up with 11 hits while Layug finished with nine and Paat added five as the Crossovers dominated the net with 38 power attacks against their rivals’ 26.
Chery Tiggo also produced nine blocks against none by PLDT and delivered eight aces, six more than the Power Hitters, who, however, produced 18 excellent set, including 16 from Rhea Dimaculangan. Chery Tiggo’s setter Jasmine Nabor finished with 16. (JNP)