Chery Tiggo dispatches Army

John Bryan Ulanday - The Philippine Star
Chery Tiggo dispatches Army
Eya Laure.
STAR / File

MANILA, Philippines — Chery Tiggo secured the second spot and eliminated the Philippine Army in the process with a 25-16, 25-14, 26-28, 25-15 win at the end of the PNVF Champions League elimination round yesterday at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

The Crossovers hardly needed the services of ace spikers Eya Laure, Mylene Paat and Ara Galang, who did not see action in all four sets, in capturing their third straight win for a 3-1 record heading to the Final Four.

EJ Laure erupted for 21 points on 17 hits and four blocks while Shaya Adorador hammered 20 on 14 attacks, five aces and a block to carry the torch in lieu of the troika hitters as well as skipper Aby Maraño, who only played two sets.

Princess Robles was also instrumental with 14 points while Seth Rodriguez and Pauline Gaston threw in nine and seven points, respectively, in the Crossovers’ scattered attack.

Chery Tiggo, which acquired former F2 Logistics players Galang and Maraño in the offseason, will face the No. 3 team in the knockout semifinals.

That squad will either be College of St. Benilde (1-2) or Petro Gazz (1-2).

“Well, na-secure namin yung No. 2 pero still, ang magma-matter dito yung bakbakan sa semifinals kasi wala namang twice to beat advantage,” said coach Kungfu Reyes.

“Whoever it is (na makakalaban), naka-ready kami.”

Chery Tiggo, which made up for its lone defeat to Cignal in the opener with back-to-back wins against St. Benilde and Petro Gazz, pounced on the Army with an early blitz for early control of the game.

But the Crossovers missed a sweep after veteran Jovelyn Gonzaga and Honey Royse Tubino powered the Lady Troopers to a thrilling 28-26 win in the third. Then Chery Tiggo regrouped for an emphatic 25-15 fourth-set triumph and the match.

Tubino (13) and Gonzaga (10) were the only twin-digit scorers for the Philippine Army, which finished winless in the five-team tilt.

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