By Leobert Julian A. de la Peña
The Chery Tiggo Pro Crossovers continued its redemption tour with a bang after stunning the Cignal HD Spikers in just four sets, 25-23, 20-25, 25-21, 25-20, in the 2022 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Reinforced Conference.
Fresh off an impressive win against the talented F2 Logistics Cargo Movers in their first game, Chery Tiggo continued to roll despite the absence of superstar Jaja Santiago who is still playing in the Japan V. League.
National team staple hitter Mylene Paat showed she still got enough gas left in the tank and led the Pro Crossovers with 19 big points.
Every time the HD Spikes mounted an offensive run, Paat’s timely net kills helped Chery Tiggo maintain its momentum and cruised to two-straight set wins to seal the deal.
It was a Rachel Anne Daquis show in the second set when the HD Spikers grabbed the win as the veteran hitter waxed hot just when her team needed her the most.
Despite the Daquis explosion, the Pro Crossovers entered the winning stretch unfazed and got a much-needed lift from import Jelena Cvijovic.
The import bounced back from a six-point debut and finished the game with 12 points and 17 excellent receptions.
Meanwhile, Cza Carandang also had a stellar outing and dropped 14 points built from 12 successful attacks, one service ace, and one block.
Collegiate standout EJ Laure maintained her consistent performance for Chery Tiggo and chipped in 11 points and 10 excellent digs.
“Syempre natutuwa kami sa mga nangyayari ngayon sa team namin. Marami kaming pinagdaanan pero ito, nagbubunga na rin yung mga pinaghihirapan namin at yung mga sakripisyo na binigay namin para mabuo yung team namin ulit,” said Chery Tiggo head coach Clarence Esteban.
Chery Tiggo will have the chance to earn their third-straight victory when they face the Akari Chargers on October 20 at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig.