Thu. Nov 24th, 2022

Petro Gazz’s MJ Phillips tries to score against Chery Tiggo at the PVL Enhanced Conference. PVL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Lindsay Vander Weide and MJ Phillips push Petro Gazz to the brink of the 2022 Premier by beating Chery Tiggo in five sets 25-14, 24-26, 25-13, 21-25, 15-9 provided. Volleyball League Strengthened Conference semifinals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Saturday.

The Angels managed to avoid a meltdown this time as they returned to Cignal from a five-set slump last Thursday.

Vander Weide and Phillips carried Petro Gazz to the decision maker as the Filipino-American mid-blocker scored three straight points for an 11-7 spread.

Mylene Paat kept the Crossovers afloat and cut the fifth set by a three-point lead to 12-9, but Vander Weide threw a kill and a big block to captain Chery Tiggo for the game point before Aiza Maizo-Pontillas punctured, 14-9 The game-winning attack to end the game in two hours and 14 minutes.

Our previous loss has taught us a good lesson. Before the fifth set, I told them we had shown them the composure we needed. That’s what we lacked in the last game. They delivered critical blocks and significant boosts,” said Rald Ricafort, head coach of Petro Gazz. “We overcame our composure and overzealousness in our moves in the last game.”

The spiker-middle blocker duo scored nine points in the fifth set.

Vander Weide recorded his second straight 29-point lead with 25 attacks, two blocks and two aces on top of 12 points, while Phillips finished with 23 points, including seven of Petro Gazz’s 13 blocks as he neared the win. Third half ticket with an improved 4-2 record.

In the semi-finals, Chery Tiggo took her second straight defeat after a four-set defeat to Creamline last week and fell 5-2 after 30 errors.

Paat lifted the Crossovers with 21 points. Cza Carandang dealt 13 kills, two blocks and two aces, finishing with 17 points. EJ Laure added 11 points and 13 excellent receptions as Jelena Cvijovic was limited to just eight.

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