(Photo by Jamil Buergo/Sports Gateway PH)
MANILA – The Philippine Army Lady Troopers and PLDT Ultra Hitters met for the first time since the Finals of the 12th Shakey’s V-League Open Conference earlier this year.
Yet it was a different story in the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan on Sunday. The Lady Troopers finally exact their revenge against their club rival PLDT in the 12th Shakey’s V-League Reinforced Conference.
The much-anticipated game lived up to the billing as Army defeated PLDT in a five-set thriller, 25-23, 23-25, 25-11, 19-25, 15-13.
The powerhouse team of Army took advantage of the undermanned line-up of their opponents. With the absence of PLDT’s top gunner Alyssa Valdez, Army pounced on their offense to assure victory.
Newcomer Aby Marano top-scored for Army with 18 points in 17 attacks and one block. Mainstay Jovelyn Gonzaga also showed a strong performance with 16 points and 17 excellent digs. Meanwhile, veteran setter Tina Salak masterfully orchestrated their offense with 45 excellent sets.
Aiza Maizo-Pontillas led the way for PLDT with 19 points.