Chery Tiggo claims No. 2 spot, semifinal war begins Sunday


ILOCOS NORTE – Chery Tiggo swept Choco Mucho, 25-20, 25-9, 25-22, in a duel of the semifinal rivals with the two teams ending up with identical 7-2 win-loss records on Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference in Bacarra here.

The Crossovers claimed the No. 2 spot via tiebreak.

Chery Tiggo used some combinations anchored on its key players with Mylene Paat scoring 11 points to clinch the game’s top honors while Choco Mucho opted to rest its starters for today’s start of their Final Four clash at 5 p.m.

No. 1 Creamline and No. 4 Petro Gazz dispute the other finals berth in the 2 p.m. opener.

Black Mamba Army, meanwhile, charged back from five points down in the fourth and completed a 25-14, 17-25, 25-19, 25-19 victory over Cignal HD to finish sixth in the third game late last night.

Royse Tubino and Jovy Gonzaga led the attack for the Lady Troopers, who closed out their campaign in the 10-team inaugurals of the pro volleyball league with a 4-5 (win-loss) card.

The HD Spikers, who split their first two games, dropped their last seven matches to end up last with a 1-8 slate, the same output of Perlas, which took ninth place after beating the former in four last July 29.

In a battle for pride, BaliPure held off Perlas, 24-26, 25-20, 25-17, 26-24, to close out its campaign with a 3-6 mark for eighth, behind tormentor PLDT, which also wound up with the same record.

The Spikers rallied from 17-21 down in the fourth to force an extension period but Bernadette Flora came through with clutch hits to deliver the win for the Water Defenders.

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