Sta. Lucia recovers to book third PVL victory

The Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors survived a charge back by the Chery Tiggo Crossovers to win in five sets in their PVL Open Conference match on Wednesday. (PVL Media Bureau)

The Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors averted massive collapse to beat the Chery Tiggo Crossovers in five sets, 25-20, 25-12, 24-26, 21-25, 15-10, in Premier Volleyball League Open Conference action on Wednesday at the PCV Socio-Civic & Cultural Center in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte.

MJ Philipps led the way for Sta. Lucia, which lost a two sets-to-none lead in the game before hanging tough in the end. She scored a game-high 23 points, 16 coming off kills and five from blocks.

The Lady Realtors were seemingly on their way to a surprise easy win over the Crossovers until the latter made their charge back in sets three and four to force a deciding frame.

The teams went back and forth early in the fifth set until Jovielyn Prado towed Sta. Lucia to create some separation, 10-7, midway.

Dindin Santiago-Manabat pushed Chery Tiggo to within two points, 12-10, after, but it was the closest they could get as the Lady Realtors went on to seal the win.

Ms. Prado finished with 19 points for Sta. Lucia, which improved to 3-3 in the ongoing PVL tournament. Jonah Sabete added 18.

For Chery Tiggo, it was Ms. Santiago-Manabat who top-scored with 20 points, followed by her sister Jaja Santiago with 14 points.

The Crossovers now sport a 3-2 card. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo

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