|PVL Media Bureau|
By Ricky Manliguis
MANILA, Philippines – Petro Gazz asserted its mastery over Choco Mucho as it issued a 25-21, 25-15, 22-25, 25-20 win to pull a win away from securing the bronze medal of the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Open Conference PCV Socio-Civic and Cultural Center in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte Wednesday.
Myla Pablo and the rest of the Angels pounced on the weary Flying Titans, playing its seventh game in eight days, to take the win in the game marred by the unexpected injury to Choco Mucho captain Maddie Madayag.
Madayag suffered an injury in her knee in the fourth set with the score tied at 15-all. She was later rushed to a nearby hospital for an MRI scan.
The Flying Titans rallied behind their fallen captain, even nabbing a 20-19 lead in the fourth after a Ponggay Garston kill. But Petro Gazz took charge from there, with Pablo drilling three of the team's final six points.
Pablo stormed back to her usual self with 26 points, 25 on attacks, while Grethcel Soltones fired 13 for the Angels, which had a plus-11 advantage on attacks (55-44). Ces Molina was the third double-digit provider with 11.
Ponggay Gaston led the Flying Titans with 18 points on 17 kills, and Kat Tolentino got 10. Madayag issued eight markers before going out.
The Angels aims for a sweep in Game 2 scheduled Thursday.