by: Nearlyn Lumayno || Photo Credit: The Premier Volleyball League (PVL)
Making their title as legends, the fiery Petro Gazz Angels overcome Cignal HD Spikers in a romp to earn their 3-peat PVL Reinforced Conference trophy, 25-17, 22-25, 25-12, 25-22, at the PhilSports Arena last December 6, 2022.
The American import and Finals MVP Vander Weide scored 19 points to lead the Angels to the crown, while Remy Palma, Myla Pablo, and MJ Philips racked up the scoreboard with 18, 17, and 12 points, respectively.
Kicking off the match with astounding momentum, the blazing Pablo and Petro Gazz Angels fired on all cylinders to swiftly clinch the first set, 25-17.
In the second set, however, the HD Spikers fought their best to equalize against the Angels with Tai Bierria and Ces Molina’s display of variety in attacks, 22-25.
Regaining composure from a second-set collapse, Djanel Cheng’s exceptional playmaking directed the Angels to dominate and head for an easy win in the third set, 25-12.
Keeping it close until the end, Petro Gazz Angels proved their prowess as champions after a commanding demolition over the dogged Cignal HD Spikers with catastrophic kills from Pablo and Vander Weide to formally seal the title defense, 25-22.
“I mean this environment is like no other, fans are insane, everything is insane, the volleyball’s crazy, it’s the amazing thin here, and I don’t think it’s set in that we just won because it doesn’t feel real.” Angels’ import Vander Weide stated in an interview after the game.
Molina led the Cignal HD spikers with 14 points, followed by Bierria with 12 points in the final three sets. In addition, Roselyn Doria contributed 11 points, and team captain Rachel Anne Daquis contributed 6 points.
As for the bronze medal match, the Creamline Cool Smashers defeated the Chery Tiggo Crossovers in four sets, winning 25-15, 25-19, 23-25, and 25-21 to secure their 10th consecutive podium place.
Petro Gazz finished the elimination round in third place with a 5-3 win-loss card before posting a 2-1 standing in the round-robin semis, and the team reached the finals by advantage in the point system with the help of Cherry Tiggo Crossovers as they forced a 5-setter loss against Creamline Cool Smashers.