Fri. Dec 2nd, 2022

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MANILA, Philippines — Mylene Paat and Jelena Cvijovic beat stubborn PLDT in sets 25-20, 18-25, 22-25, 25-16, 18-16 to finish off a two-game skating before departing on Thursday for Chery Tiggo They gave strength to his return. To the semi-finals of the 2022 Premier Volleyball League Strengthened Conference at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Paat and Cvijovic led the Crossovers’ rally by 1-2 as they fired their dominant fourth set to force a setter they started with a 5-0 win before giving the Montenegrin spiker team a 12-9 advantage.

However, PLDT imports Elena Samoilenko and Dell Palomata joined hands to equalize the set 12-12, but Paat and EJ Laure brought back orders for Chery to reach the match point 14-12. Samoilenko recorded back-to-back kills, and then Palomata’s attack to get into the driver’s seat was 15-14.

Paat saved a point for the Passes before Samoilenko responded with a drop to keep the High Speed ​​Hitters 16-15 on top. PLDT, however, had Jules Samonte’s three errors in a row, followed by two consecutive offensive errors that shattered Palomata’s semi-final hopes.

“We always have confidence in our players because we are always training how to recover in situations like these. “I told them to play without pressure, just play their game and take the pressure off the pitch by enjoying the moment,” said Chery Tiggo coach Clarence Esteban in Filipino.

Paat, the league’s top scorer, finished with 23 points and 11 digs, while Cvijovic had 20 points, two blocks and 21 excellent receptions in 17 attacks, while Chery Tiggo finished the knockout round with an earlier record of 6-2, playing another round robin in the semi-final. going on tour.

Cza Carandang and EJ Laure gave 10 and eight points, respectively. Shaya Adorador and Roselle Baliton each added six after missing Dindin Santiago-Manabat in the second game in a row due to health and safety protocols.

PLDT finished the season with 30 errors, finishing 3-5 in the conference, where Samoilenko continued to lead with 26 points.

Mika Reyes had 12 kills, four aces and 19 points in three blocks, while Jovielyn Prado added 10 marks, 17 receptions and 16 digs.

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