Crossovers enter tough stretch at a high after clipping HD Spikers

Eya Laure (left, photograph above) chases down each ball within the stretch and comes up large for Chery Tiggo, ending with 26 factors, together with the game-winning ace. —AUGUST DELA CRUZ

Eya Laure sees battling seasoned groups as a superb expertise as Chery Tiggo approaches the tailend of the elimination spherical of the Premier Volleyball League All-Filipino convention and the battle for playoff berths heats up.

Veteran groups are what the Crossovers have left on their schedule, they usually simply gave themselves the steam they want after crossing out one other formidable facet in Cignal on Tuesday, 17-25, 25-19, 21-25, 25-22, 16-14, at PhilSports Enviornment in Pasig Metropolis the place Laure led a dogged comeback.

“We’re nonetheless a younger crew, studying,” Laure stated after a sterling 26-point night time. “Proper now we’re simply absorbing the nice issues we will get. We are going to deliver these to our subsequent video games and miss the unhealthy issues.”

The Crossovers received the final two units, claiming their seventh win in eight matches after erasing match level at 14-13 with Laure on the firing finish. Her second ace wrapped up the marathon two-hour and 13-minute match.

It was the fifth straight win for Chery Tiggo, which missed center blocker Imee Hernandez, who has a feared ACL tear and would most certainly be out when the Crossovers shut out towards F2 Logistics on Nov. 25, powerhouse Creamline on Nov. 28 and Choco Mucho on Dec. 2 in Iloilo.

That’s a back-breaking stretch that actually received’t make the Crossovers’ journey to the semifinals simple.

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However with the present success that they’re experiencing—and the way in which they’re enjoying—it appears achievable.

“What we’re imparting [to the players] like within the earlier video games is the never-say-die angle. I informed them that till nobody has reached 25 (factors), it’s not over,” stated KungFu Reyes, who is looking the pictures in lieu of head coach Aaron Velez. Cignal’s 5 sport profitable streak was additionally halted because the HD Spikers dropped to 6-3.

Chery Tiggo additionally drew 18 factors from Princess Robles, with Mylene Paat and Cza Carandang chipping in with 11 factors every as Jas Nabor had 21 glorious units.

In the meantime, Petro Gazz snapped an extended shedding streak with a 25-22, 19-25, 25-16, 26-24 win over a hard-fighting Farm Contemporary facet to remain mathematically within the hunt to play previous the classification section.

The Angels, although, will likely be pounded by lots of stress of their final two video games in the event that they hope to maintain their shot at a semifinal berth.

“The stress will at all times be there, so we simply must be aware of that. We are able to’t say that there isn’t any stress,” coach Timmy Sto. Tomas stated.

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“We’ve got to acknowledge that and we now have to work round that stress. It’s the identical day by day, we’ll carry on working exhausting.”Petro Gazz had a 62-49 assault benefit towards the Foxies, who dropped to a 1-8 card. INQ