CHERY Tiggo withstood a tough Perlas challenge in the second and third set to fashion out a 25-10, 27-25, 25-23 victory and rediscover its winning ways yesterday in the PVL Open Conference at the PCV Socio-Civic and Cultural Center in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte.
The Crossovers jumped back to solo second with a 3-1 record, while pinning the Perlas Spikers a second straight defeat in their first back-to-back set of the conference.
It was a much-needed bounce back win for Chery Tiggo, which suffered a stunning five-set loss to tournament’s surprise package BaliPure last Thursday.
Jaja Santiago was at her usual best with 15 points, including three blocks, but it was Shaya Adorador who shone for the Crossovers.
In her first start, Adorador had four service aces and two blocks to finish with 12 points to go with 10 digs and seven receptions.
Coach Aaron Velez was simply glad that Cherry Tiggo was able to recover from that jolting defeat and display steely resolve to survive Perlas in the one-hour, 27-minute contest.
“Definitely I am happy, iba pa rin ang panalo. However, ang dami pa rin talaga naming aayusin kasi doon kami nag-relax, learning experience namin from our previous match but that’s done already so we just have to take it and we just have to move forward given na may tuloy-tuloy kaming laro sa mga susunod na araw,” said Velez.
Two crucial points by Jaja Santiago and a set-clinching point by 44-year old veteran setter Tina Salak by winning the joust saved Chery Tiggo in the second set to the upperhand.
The Perlas Spikers were poised to extend the match by snatching a 23-21 advantage in the third, but the Crossovers netted the game’s last four points to complete the straight-set romp.
Dindin Santiago-Manabat fired two service aces for an eight-point effort while Arianne Layug contributed seven points for Chery Tiggo, which drew 14 excellent sets from Salak.
Sue Roces and Nicole Tiamzon each scored 11 markers while Jho Maraguinot chipped in six points for Perlas.