MANILA, Philippines—Petro Gazz gave new coach Timmy Sto. Tomas a profitable professional debut after sweeping debuting Galeries, 25-11, 26-24, 25-22, within the 2023 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) All-Filipino Convention on Tuesday night at Good Araneta Coliseum.
Grethcel Soltones powered the Angels with a game-high 19 factors on prime of 14 digs and 10 receptions as they staved off the problem of the latest PVL group within the final two units earlier than prevailing in an hour and 34 minutes.
“We nonetheless lack a variety of issues that coach Timmy needs us to do. It needs to be a easy volleyball however we made it arduous for ourselves,” mentioned Soltones in Filipino after dropping 17 assaults, one ace, and a block.
After a dominant opening set, the Angels wanted to struggle again from a 20-22 deficit within the second set as Dimdim Pacres got here off the bench and offered the vitality for the Highrisers. A few errors allowed Petro Gazz to take the set level, 24-23, however Pacres saved some extent just for Carly Hernandez to overlook her serve adopted by Ranya Musa’s set-clinching hit for a 2-0 benefit.
The Angels pulled away within the third with a 17-10 margin however the Highrisers leaned on Roma Pleasure Doromal and Audrey Paran to chop it down to 3, 23-20. Marian Buitre stopped the bleeding to succeed in match level, 24-20, earlier than Anne Esguerra and Paran saved two factors.
Nonetheless, Soltones refused to increase the sport as she ended it with an enormous kill.
“I’m very blissful that we have been in a position to get the win regardless of having difficulties throughout the second to the third set of the sport. They have been in a position to step up throughout the latter a part of the match,” mentioned Sto. Tomas.
“The strain is all the time there however I’m fortunate to have these sorts of gamers (Aiza Maizo-Pontillas), Grethcel, Chie (Saet), Djanel Cheng, so the entire bunch could be very supportive of each other. That’s our tradition.”
Aiza Maizo-Pontillas chipped in 10 factors, whereas Jonah Sabete and KC Galdones added 10 markers with setter Djanel Cheng meting out 15 wonderful units.
Nobody from Galeries scored in double figures as Paran had eight factors, whereas Doromal, Esguerra, and Raprap Aguilar added seven markers every.