Here are the live scores, updates, and results of the 2021 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Semifinals Game 1 between the Chery Tiggo 7 Pro Crossovers and the Choco Mucho Flying Titans, scheduled on August 8, 2021, at 5:00 PM.
Chery Tiggo defeated Black Mamba Army Lady Troopers 25-16, 25-16, 25-21 before facing the Flying Titans.
The blistering offense of the Crossovers was led by ace siblings Dindin Santiago-Manabat and Jaja Santiago, who led the team to their third straight win and a 6-2 overall record.
Dindin led Chery with 18 points on 16 kills and two service aces, while Jaja led the team with 15 points on 12 spikes, two blocks, and an ace.
Jasmine Nabor led the Crossovers’ offense with 29 excellent sets. Mylene Paat had eight points and nine excellent receptions, Shaya Adorador had seven markers and 16 excellent digs, and Mylene Paat had eight points and nine excellent receptions.
Chery got off to a flying start, comfortably winning the first two sets with the help of the Santiago sisters and Nabor.
Choco Mucho, meanwhile, won in four sets against Petro Gazz Angels, 25-20, 23-25, 25-21, 25-23. The Flying Titans relegated the Petro Gazz Angels to fourth place with their victory.
The Flying Titans surged in the third set after splitting the first and second sets. They then staged a comeback in the fourth set to win the match.
Regine Arocha and Deanna Wong scored consecutively for a 23-20 lead in the fourth set, giving Choco Mucho much-needed margin.
Ivy Perez, Jessey De Leon, and Remy Palma, on the other hand, scored three straight points to tie the game at 23 points apiece.
The Flying Titans were on match point after De Leon’s serve error. Perez subsequently committed yet another error, bringing the match to a finish with a score of 25-23.
Maddie Madayag led the team with 14 points and six blocks, while Ponggay Gaston added 14 points and six blocks.
Kat Tolentino had 13 points and 20 excellent digs in the game. Arocha had her best game yet, but cramping affected her near the end. Despite this, she finished with 13 points, with Bea De Leon adding 10.
Deanna Wong finished with nine points and 26 excellent sets. On the other hand, Denden Lazaro-Revilla had 21 excellent digs and 13 excellent receptions.
In a prelude of their Final Four matchup, the second seed Chery Tiggo sweept third seed Choco Mucho, 25-20, 25-9, 25-22.
The Crossovers encountered little resistance from the Flying Titans after taking the first set, since three of their regular starters were benched.
Chery Tiggo established an early 9-2 lead in the second frame after kills by Shaya Adorador and Dindin Santiago-Manabat.
After dropping an 8-0 run capped by a strong middle hit from Jaja Santiago and a rejection from Ponggay Gaston’s attack, Chery Tiggo’s lead grew to 22-7.
Due to the playoff seeding situation, this game was reduced to a war for pride, and both coaches freely swapped their players to save their starters for the arduous daily semis schedule.
Coach Aaron Velez of Chery Tiggo chose to go all out in the first and second sets with the Santiago sisters, Paat, Adorador, and Maika Ortiz, resulting in a 25-9 blowout in the second.
Following the first-set loss, Choco Mucho coach Oliver Almadro benched De Leon, Madayag, and Wong, and played Tolentino and Gaston briefly in the second before emptying his bench like Velez in the third.
Arocha, who apparently had cramping near the end of the Titans’ previous game, did not take the court at all.
Crossovers’ second stringers finished the match in the third set, defeating their opponents.
Caitlyn Viray led the Titans with 10 points in the loss, while Tolentino scored all six of her points in the 9-point second set. Kim Gequillana was the only player on both teams to play in all three sets, finishing with 12 excellent digs and 3 points.
Paat led the No. 2 squad in scoring with 11 points, while Santiago added ten.
Chery Tiggo 0 – Sy 1, Santiago 9, Layug 2, Paat 5, Ortiz 7, Adorador 9, Santiago-Manabat 17.
Choco Mucho 3 – Wong 4, Madayag 9, Gaston 10, Tolentino 11, De Leon 10, Arocha 7.
Set Scores: 18-25, 22-25, 21-25