MANILA, Philippines – Odina Aliyeva took 30 points and hit big hits in the fifth set as Choco Mucho survived the PLDT, 25-27, 25-22, 18-25, 25-22, 17-15, to won a second straight win in the 2022 Premier League Volleyball League Consolidation Conference on Thursday at Philsports Arena.
The Uzbek-Azerbaijan player broke the tie 12-12 as she scored twice in a row to hit the match point, 14-13. But PLDT import Elena Samoilenko denied her attack, then Jessey De Leon dropped to take advantage, 15-14.
Aliyeva equalized before Samoilenko’s error put Choco Mucho ahead, 16-15 while Des Cheng nailed a win at Chinchin Basas, 17-15.
The 6-foot-1 player finished with 30 points from 27 strikes and three interceptions and made an equally horrendous defensive effort with 26 receptions and 10 digs to get past the 35-point blast. by Samoilenko.
Kat Tolentino also led the fight against Choco Mucho with 16 points built on 12 strikes and four blocks, including clutch hits in the fourth set to force a decider.
Cherry Nunag added 9 points while Maddie Madayag also brought inspiration and leadership to the Flying Titans as she played for the first time since suffering an ACL injury in the 2021 PVL bubble in Ilocos Norte.
Choco Mucho improved to 2-1 with a straight win before facing undefeated leader Chery Tiggo (3-0) on Tuesday.
“We reiterate the team spirit. I told my players small roles, big roles, it’s important that they deliver. Choco Mucho coach Oliver Almadro said. “So three sets, four sets, five sets, we really appreciate, I really appreciate, the teamwork of my players, hard work and we thank God for that. win.”
Samoilenko brought cudgels for PLDT, hit 34 kills for 35 points. The Russian made three offensive fouls early in the fifth set as they led 7-4 but she managed to put her team back and force a toe decider to lose only one game. , where they took a 2-1 advantage. .
Fiola Ceballos shone off the bench with 14 points, including the highest four of his teammates and 17 dribbles, while Mika Reyes also scored 14 as the High Speed Hitters suffered their second loss in a row. continued in three games after making 31 errors.
PLDT hopes to end the slide ahead of F2 Logistics (1-2) on Tuesday.
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