Surrounded by a crowd predominantly supporting his opponent and applauding his every mistake, Tai Bierria said that quality people often invoke what he calls pride. Or maybe courage. Or daring.
The Cignal import had a much better term for it.
“Angas. Yes, I learned that word, Bierria said.
HD Announcers used Bierria’s inspiring play and turned the disappointing first set into a 17-25, 25-22, 25-18, 25-14 win against Choco Mucho on Tuesday, the final Premier Volleyball League Strengthened Conference riveted the semi-final berth before the match even started. The fourth set has started.
The Flying Titans needed a little more to advance to the semi-finals because of the point system to cut ties: a four-set win. And their fans roared at them, especially after they clinched the opening set.
This could have been Choco Mucho’s downfall as Bierria heard the cheers that followed every Cignal mistake.
“He gave me a little extra attitude on the pitch; like you’re doing something wrong [and] You hear all the cheers,” said Bierra, who finished the game with 18 points.
“Okay, I’ll shut you up,” he added.
WATCH: Tai Bierria, after Cignal beat Choco Mucho in front of 4,000 fans: He gave me a little extra attitude on the court. If you do something wrong, you’ll hear all the cheers. I’m okay, I’ll shut you up. Little angas, I learned this word. | via Lance Agcaoili/Inquirer Sports
Posted by Inquirer Sports on Tuesday, November 22, 2022
The Flying Titans were silenced at the end of the third set. HD Announcers took the set 2-1 and advanced to the semi-finals after pocketing two sets. Still, Cignal made sure to go to the next round with a little extra sauce to make it to the next round.
“This is very special,” said Bierria after Cignal joined Creamline, Chery Tiggo and Petro Gazz in the next round. “Considering how hard we work, it’s a blessing.”
Both teams opted to be fully Filipino at the start of the game, but that didn’t slow Bierria down. He finished off with 14 kills and four aces to silence the Choco Mucho fans, who made up most of the 4,000-strong crowd.
Creamline will advance their 7-1 (win-lose) record to the semi-finals. Cool Smashers’ only loss was to F2 Logistics Cargo Movers, who beat Angels of Petro Gazz 25-16, 25-22, 27-25 in game two.
Chery Tiggo went ahead with a 6-2 record, while Cignal clinched the last seat in the next round with a 5-3 card.
Ces Molina helped Bierria a lot with 13 points and 9 stakes.
After losing the first set, Cignal coach Shaq delos Santos reminded his wards that they only needed two sets to advance, but still wanted their wards to show their deadly form.
I told them that this is our chance, that we should not miss this opportunity. And to be honest, we have more experience than Choco Mucho,” Delos Santos said in Filipino.
HD Announcers woke up from the crash in the first set, Bierria gave their team a 23-19 lead in the second set, while the Flying Titans blocked imported Odina Aliyeva to reach the set point 24-20.
“We’ve had some tough training and that has helped us in games like this,” Bierria said.
Choco Mucho’s hopes were further dashed after two of his much-loved stars were injured. Kat Tolentino injured her right knee while trying to dig Bierria’s nail in the middle of the second set, and Des Cheng injured her right pinkie, leaving HD Announcers leading 21-15.
Tolentino was back in the fourth round, but by then the semifinal gate had been slammed in the face of the Flying Titans.
Choco Mucho left with a record of 3-5.
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