LIPA CITY — PetroGazz defeated Tuguegarao-Perlas Spikers, 25-11, 26-24, 19-25, 25-20, to clinch the bronze medal of the Champions League Thursday at the Aquamarine Recreational Center here.
Marivic Meneses was at her best, powering the Angels to a consolation finish that came at the heels of their shocking loss to a young California Precision Sports (CPS) side to wrap up their campaign with a 3-2 win-loss slate.
Philippine Superliga powerhouse F2 Logistics and Premier Volleyball League (PVL) champion Chery Tiggo are still clashing for the title at press time.
Meneses, a former University of Santo Tomas middle blocker, fired 18 kills for 19 points while open spikers Frances Molina and Gretchel Soltones chipped in 14 and 11 markers, respectively, for PetroGazz, which is coming in as the third-placer of the PVL.
Chie Saet registered 25 excellent sets while Kath Arado made 19 digs and 17 receptions.
“This is good for our confidence. Despite everything, we were still able to achieve a podium finish,” said Meneses, who nailed the crucial blows that shattered the morale of the Perlas Spikers.
PetroGazz coach Arnold Laniog, however, stressed that they failed to meet their expectations.
“We didn’t meet our expectations. We didn’t reach our goal,” said Laniog, whose wards crumbled in the third set that allowed the Perlas Spikers to stretch the game to a fourth set.
“We’re a little disappointed because, on paper, we have a strong team. But conditioning-wise, we’re still far from where we want to be.”
Heather Guino-o delivered 16 points while Nicole Tiamzon and Michelle Morente added 13 markers apiece for Tuguegarao, which won only twice in three games.