Petro Gazz, F2 dominate; Chery Tiggo subdues Perlas in PNVF Champions League

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The Petro Gazz Angels in he Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) Champions League. (Photo: Petro Gazz Angels/Facebook)
The Petro Gazz Angels in the Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) Champions League. (Photo: Petro Gazz Angels/Facebook)

The fancied club teams in the Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) Champions League started their respective campaigns on the right track on Saturday (20 November) at the Aquamarine Sports Complex in Lipa, Batangas.  

Raising the curtains to the competition, the Petro Gazz Angels held back no punches, dispatching the Baguio Lady Highlanders with a dominant 25-10, 25-13, 25-10 sweep.  

The Angels leaned on the reliable quartet of Ces Molina, Grethcel Soltones, Jerrili Malabanan and Myla Pablo to pounce on the sluggish Lady Highlanders, who committed 25 errors in the three-set affair.  

Molina took charge on offense with a 12-point effort built on eight attacks, three aces and a block. Soltones contributed eight points in the winning cause, while Malabanan scored seven of her own.  

For her part, Pablo, who only suited up in the second set, managed to string up six points for Petro Gazz, which overwhelmed Baguio in the spiking department with a 32-19 disparity. 

The Lady Highlanders were led by Blessie Royo and Mary Ann Atuban with six points apiece in the eye-opening loss.  

Meanwhile, the F2 Logistics Cargo Movers made a rousing comeback to the competitive scene with a convincing 25-21, 25-14, 25-19 victory over the California Precision Sports.  

The Cargo Movers, who last saw action in March 2020 in the Philippine Superliga (PSL), showed no signs of rust, asserting dominance over the youthful opposition. 

Kalei Mau showed the way for the multi-time PSL champions as she put up 13 points. Team captain Aby Maraño and Majoy Baron pitched in 11 points each in the winning effort, while Kianna Dy supplied 10 of her own. 

Behind the production of F2's prolific hitters, Iris Tolenada ably generated the offense with 16 excellent sets, proving herself capable to fill the void left by Kim Fajardo, who is still grasping for form after undergoing a knee treatment.  

Casiey Dongallo was at the forefront of California Precision Sports' tough challenge with 13 points in the defeat, while Gelaica Gajero showed a glimpse of her brilliance with eight points, six receptions and five digs.  

In the last match on opening day, the Chery Tiggo Crossovers turned back the upset-conscious Tuguegarao Perlas Spikers with a hard-fought 25-22, 20-25, 25-14, 25-23 win.  

Dindin Santiago-Manabat steered the Crossovers towards the winning route, churning out 17 points in their first match after conquering the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Open Conference back in August. 

Mylene Paat backstopped Santiago-Manabat with 11 points anchored on eight attacks, two blocks and an ace for Chery Tiggo, which competed without Jaja Santiago, who is seeing action as an import for the Saitama Ageo Medics in the Japan V. League.   

Tied at one set apiece, the Crossovers buckled down to business in the third set before thwarting the comeback attempt of the Perlas Spikers in the fourth, where Chery Tiggo turned an 11-17 deficit into a 23-21 lead to prevent a decider.  

Nicole Tiamzon paced the losing side with a spirited 21 points that went down the drain, while Mich Morente saw her all-around line of 19 points, 14 digs and 12 receptions go for naught.  

The Champions League, a single round-robin tournament that will crown a champion based on the best record, will resume action on Sunday with the following match-ups: California v Tuguegarao, Baguio v F2, and Chery Tiggo 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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