The Choco Mucho Flying Titans continued to roll in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference, defeating the Cignal HD Spikers in three sets, 26-24, 25-12, 25-17, in league action on Tuesday at the PCV Socio-Civic Center in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte.
It was the fourth straight win for Choco Mucho in as many matches and took it to a share of the tournament lead with the Creamline Cool Smashers at 4-0.
Kat Tolentino showed the way for the Flying Titans with 16 points and 17 digs in the win. Bea De Leon and Ponggay Gaston backstopped her with 11 and nine points, respectively.
Choco Mucho found the going tough in the opening set that had it needing to go into extended time to secure the frame.
In the next two sets, however, the Flying Titans were in their collective element, building early leads which they would not relinquish on their way to completing the shutout.
“I admire the players, they’re really working hard, preparing a lot physically, mentally, and spiritually,” said Choco Mucho coach Oliver Almadro after the game, taking note of how his wards are handling the short turnaround in between games in the PVL “bubble.”
Roselyn Doria had nine points for the HD Spikers, which now sport a 1-4 record. Janine Marciano had eight while veteran Rachel Anne Daquis added six points of her own.
Choco Mucho returns to play on Friday against the Bali Pure Water Defenders while Cignal takes on the Perlas Spikers on Thursday. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo