Petro Gazz, F2 remain unscathed; Chery Tiggo absorbs 1st loss in PNVF Champions League

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Ces Molina displays all-around form to help Petro Gazz sweep Cignal in the 2021 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Open Conference. (Photo: PVL Media Bureau)
Ces Molina of the Petro Gazz Angels. (Photo: PVL Media Bureau)

The Petro Gazz Angels and the F2 Logistics Cargo Movers remained the only unbeaten squads in the Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) Champions League on Sunday (21 November) at the Aquamarine Sports Complex in Lipa, Batangas.  

Both club teams hold a pristine 2-0 slate in the single round robin tournament, which will crown a champion based off the best win-loss record at the end of the event.  

The Angels emerged victorious in the most crucial match of the day after pulling off a thrilling 22-25, 25-20, 21-25, 25-21, 15-11 escape act over the Chery Tiggo Crossovers.  

Staring down a precarious 2-1 deficit heading into the fourth frame, Petro Gazz steeled their resolve and snatched momentum to send the match to a fifth set.  

In the race to 15, a trade of runs ensued before the Angels gained a three-point separation for a 13-10 lead. Ces Molina then came through down the stretch as she commandeered the match-clinching plays, completing the heist. 

With the loss, the Jaja Santiago-less Chery Tiggo slid down to a 1-1 standing.  

Meanwhile, the Cargo Movers asserted dominance over the Baguio Lady Highlanders, churning out a resounding 25-12, 25-10, 25-6 romp.  

Kianna Dy orchestrated the drubbing as she emerged as the lone double-digit scorer with 13 points. She proved pivotal in the third set, where F2 doused the fire out of Baguio with methodical execution.  

Holding on a two-set lead, the Cargo Movers brewed the perfect blend of offense and defense, culminating to a 14-0 start in the decisive frame. It was all F2 from there as the Lady Highlanders could only string up six points the rest of the way.  

Majoy Baron shouldered some of the offensive load off Dy's back with six points. Team captain Aby Maraño, who only played in the opening salvo, and Ara Galang contributed five points each, while Kalei Mau scored three in limited minutes.  

No Lady Highlander reached the double-digit territory, with Mary Rose Cariño leading the winless Baguio with seven points.  

In the opening clash of the second day, Nicole Tiamzon buoyed the Tuguegarao Perlas Spikers over the upstart California Precision Sports with a hard-fought 25-20, 25-27, 25-15, 25-17 win.  

Tiamzon took charge and nailed a game-high 18 points and 12 excellent digs for the Perlas Spikers, who shrugged off a second-set hiccup before thwarting the upset bid of Casiey Dongallo and the youth-laden CPS.  

Also instrumental in the four-set conquest were Mich Morente and Heather Guino-o. The former pummeled 14 points, while the latter served as a spark plug off the bench with eight points. 

It was a much-needed bounce back effort for Tuguegarao, which suffered a season-opening loss to Chery Tiggo a day ago.  

Dongallo paced the losing side with 18 points that went for naught, as Precision Sports remained winless in two matches.  

The Champions League will resume on Monday with the following pairings: Baguio v Tuguegarao; California Precision Sports v Chery Tiggo; and F2 v Petro Gazz.  

Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.

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