Gervacio shines, Perlas Spikers wrest solo 2nd

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    DZI Gervacio took over in the clutch, firing key hits to lift BanKo-Perlas past a tough-defending BaliPure side 19-25, 25-18, 25-21, 23-25, 15-12 for its third straight victory and solo second in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan on Wednesday.

    The former Ateneo star delivered back-to-back hits in the deciding set, capping the Perlas Spikers’ strong finish after BaliPure’s Grazielle Bombita’s own attack sailed long to give BanKo-Perlas a 13-12 lead.

    The Perlas Spikers rebounded from a first set struggle by taking the next two frames in imposing fashion but failed to wrap it up in four as top hitter Nicole Tiamzon left late in the fourth to catch her flight to Korea for a UNESCO event.

    Perlas regrouped in the fifth, pouncing on every BaliPure miscue and leaning on its veteran spiker to keep its hot run going in the season-ending conference organized by Sports Vision. It was BanKo’s third straight win and fifth overall against two defeats.