MANILA, Philippines — Prisilla Rivera gave her all to finish Akari’s first Premier Volleyball League season on a high note.
The Dominican spiker scored 32 points and again running, Akari beat F2 Logistics without Kalei Mau 25-21, 22-25, 26-24, 25-22 at the 2022 PVL Boost Conference held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Tuesday. .
Rivera had 29 kills and three blocks, including big hits in the fourth set that prevented Cargo Movers from approaching half-dock.
The three-time Olympian scored four of his five slam dunks to put Akari up 23-20 in the fourth round. But Lindsay Stalzer’s dropping the ball and Rivera’s offensive error reduced the lead to one, 23-22.
Rivera stopped the bleeding from the back row, making the game 24-22, then Stalzer’s attack came as the ball went out.
“He’s not happy that we didn’t make it to the top four in the beginning. But of course he’s happy that he got the chance to come here and play,” Rivera said in Spanish, translated by Akari coach Jorge Souza de Brito.
Janine Marciano and Erika Raagas each scored eight points on Rivera, while the latter nailed four blocks, while Jho Maraguinot and Ezra Madrigal added six.
Setter Jaja Maraguinot made 19 perfect sets on four points from the two aces, while libero Rachel Jorvina held the ground with 21 digs and 12 excellent receptions, while Akari finished the tournament with a record 3-5.
“Of course, it’s always a good win and I’m happy about it. After finishing his first PVL season, De Brito said, “Being the youngest is always a challenge, but we’re going into this tournament with a lot of luck.” We’ve upgraded, so we’re going to start all over again in the future, so I think we’re going to be a lot better.”
F2 Logistics drew 3-3 with Choco Mucho and Cignal in fourth place, with two more half-points remaining. Creamline (6-1) and Chery Tiggo (5-2) have won the first two tickets, while 3-seeded Petro Gazz (4-2) is just one win away from third place.
Stalzer and Ivy Lacsina led the Cargo Movers with 17 points each, as Mau wore street clothes due to a calf problem. Kianna Dy had 11 points and Shola Alvarez had 6 points and 11 points instead of Mau.
Şafak Macandili received 24 digs and 16 receptions with his lost effort. F2 Logistics must win their last two games against Cignal on Saturday before wrapping up the qualifying round against Petro Gazz on Tuesday next week.
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