Imports lift Petro Gazz over Pocari in 4-set grind

MANILA, Philippines — Ukrainian reinforcements Olena Lymareva-Flink and Anastasia Trach took turns in lifting Petro Gazz in the last two sets as the Angels carved out a 25-19, 20-25, 28-26, 25-21 victory over the defending champion Pocari Sweat-Air Force Lady Warriors to bolster their quarterfinals bid in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the Fioil Flying V Center in San Juan yesterday.

Lymareva-Flink anchored the Angels’ turnaround in the third set while Trach keyed their chase in the fourth as the Angels overhauled eight-point and nine-point deficits, respectively, to roll to their third straight win after a 0-3 start to tie their victims at fourth in the season-opening conference of the league organized by Sports Vision.

“We held on in the last two sets. It shows that we have grit and determination. We are happy with that but we will try to work on our slow start,” said Angels coach Jerry Yee.

Lymareva-Flink led Petro Gazz anew in her second game with the team, erupting with 30 points on 25 hits and five aces, four of which came in the Angels’ pivotal 11-1 run in the third that put them two up, 19-17, after trailing 8-16.

Trach dropped three points in Petro Gazz’s 10-1 rally from 4-13 down in the fourth and also knocked in the match-clinching hit for 17 points.

Cherry Nunag had eight markers while Chie Saet tossed in 39 excellent sets with five points to boot for the Angels.

Myla Pablo turned in a team-high 20 points while imports Madeline Palmer and Arielle Love combined for 30 markers for the Lady Warriors, who lost ace setter Wendy Semana to a right ankle injury in the second set.

Gena Andaya had 24 excellent sets for Pocari Sweat.

In men’s play, Marck Espejo topscored with 17 points as Cignal strung up back-to-back victories and wrested the solo lead at 3-1 via a 25-20, 25-19, 25-16 dispatching of Instituto Estetico Manila.

The Phoenix Volley Masters dropped to 2-2 at third together with PLDT in the event backed by Mikasa and Asics.