Petro Gazz guns for semis entry

Petro Gazz is out to formalize its entry into the semifinals against a desperate Chery Tiggo side as the Premier Volleyball League All-Filipino Conference visits Iloilo City today for the season’s first out-of-town game.

Ilonggo fans are expected to troop to the San Agustin Gymnasium to witness exciting and thrilling volleyball action.

Kicking off the double-header feature is the all-important match between the Angels and Crossovers beginning at 4 p.m.

Holding a 5-2 win-loss record tied with idle PLDT, Petro Gazz only needs to hurdle Chery Tiggo to advance to the next round and join defending champion Creamline, which will take on Akari at 6:30 p.m., and F2 Logistics.

If the Angels emerge victorious, the Final Four cast will be complete as they will also tow the High Speed Hitters to the best-of-three semifinals outright.

Petro Gazz has extended its winning run to three straight with also-ran Akari being its most recent victim, 25-15, 25-19, 22-25, 25-16, last Thursday.

The Angels, in fact, already have a foot inside the semis door carrying higher match points and set ratio in case of a tie at 5-3. As it currently stands, Petro Gazz holds 16 match points while PLDT has 15.
Chery Tiggo, which sports a 4-3 card, must win in straight sets in convincing fashion to secure a higher set ratio to fan its semis hopes.

But Petro Gazz won’t leave anything to chance.

“We have to exceed expectations. We will not stop until we get to the next step. We want to execute well and play well,” Angels head coach Oliver Almadro said.

The Crossovers recovered from back-to-back setbacks with a sweep of eliminated Choco Mucho, 25-21, 25-19, 25-19, last Thursday.

Chery Tiggo’s main gunners Mylene Paat, Cza Carandang, Pauline Gaston and Shaya Adorador must be at their best when they face Grethcel Soltones, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Remy Palma, Jonah Sabete and MJ Phillips to keep their semis bid alive.

Meanwhile, the Cool Smashers seek to end their elimination run on a winning note to prime up for the semis.

Creamline has already locked the Final Four top seed regardless of its last elims game result, as it sports a 6-1 card with superior match points compared to F2 Logistics (6-2).

The Chargers, on the other hand, want to wrap up their campaign with a victory.

Akari is tied with Cignal and Choco Mucho holding identical 2-5 slates.

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