Before taking on the task of nailing the third semifinal berth at the 2022 Premier Volleyball Reinforced Conference, Petro Gazz importer Lindsey Vander Weide spoke with the team about identifying a side project.
“I said I wanted to feel good when I entered the team. [the game against] F2 [Logistics] and semifinals,” Vander Weide said on Saturday.
The Angels responded with a 25-13, 25-12, 25-19 superior victory over the undefeated United Auctioneers-Army at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, which for them went into a pretty grumpy duel against Cargo Movers as expected It created a small momentum roll.
“I think we achieved that by playing the way we played in this game, so it feels good,” said Vander Weide. After completing his 88-minute victory over Lady Troopers, Petro Gazz can now focus on his upcoming schedule.
“Our last game is F2, obviously we want to win that,” said Vander Weide after leading his team to their fifth win in seven races. “And then getting into [the] semi-finals [strong]; We are in a good spot.”
Petro Gazz will join Creamline (7-1) and Chery Tiggo (6-2) in the semi-finals.
The team is battling F2 Logistics on Tuesday and Cargo Movers are hoping to save their semi-final appearance after being stuck with Cignal at 25-21, 20-25, 25-14, 25-20 at Saturday’s nightcap.
HD Announcers have secured a draw for at least 4th place with the final semi-finalists revealed after the smoke cleared from the games scheduled for Tuesday.
Cignal is currently fourth alone at 4-3 and is battling Choco Mucho in last qualifying round play history. The Flying Titans and Cargo Movers drew 3-4 cards for fifth place, increasing the odds of a three-way draw for fourth.
With the points system, ties will be broken.
The Angels imposed themselves in the first two sets, collecting 12 of the 15 blocks there and completely outdoing the Lady Troopers, who came out with a 0-8 (win-lose) card.
Petro Gazz coach Rald Ricafort was also pleased that his guards were so bright, with Djanel Cheng distributing 23 perfect sets.
“Our goal was to gain momentum as we entered the semi-finals. It was a good thing we won in three sets,” Ricafort said in Filipino.
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