PLDT acquired the job finished on Tuesday after Elena Samoilenko exploded for 27 factors in a 25-21, 25-23, 22-25, 25-21 victory over sister staff Cignal at Good Araneta Coliseum because the Excessive Velocity Hitters stayed heading in the right direction towards bagging a semifinal seat within the Premier Volleyball League Strengthened Convention.
They should put that end result behind them now as what they’ve labored for to remain alive within the playoff race won’t matter on Thursday except they win in straight units over Cherry Tiggo additionally within the first recreation of a double header at 2:30 p.m. at Mall of Asia Area.
“We’re nonetheless hoping to make the semis,” coach George Pascua, whose problem on a foot fault on Cignal’s Rachel Anne Daquis on a again row assault wrapped up the match in two hours and 19 minutes, stated in Filipino. “However we’ll want a 3-0 win [over the Crossovers].”
Whereas PLDT didn’t transfer at seventh place with a 3-4 file, the victory narrowed the hole between the fourth-running F2 Logistics (3-2) and joint fifth placers Choco Mucho and Cignal, which dropped to 3-3, with three playdates left within the single spherical season-ending convention.
Creamline, the Grand Slam-seeking facet, and Cherry Tiggo already booked the primary two semifinals seats with Petro Gazz inside a win of becoming a member of them.
The Excessive Velocity Hitters received the primary two units and appeared headed for a cruise till they gave the HD Spikers an opportunity with some lackluster play within the third body.
“Good recreation within the first and second units, good focus. However we have been a bit unfastened within the third, not good obtain and reception,” stated Samoilenko, the towering Russian who had 23 factors off kills. INQ
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