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Choco Mucho dismantles Akari

Sisi Rondina powers Choco Mucho to a straight sets 25-23, 25-21, 25-19 win over Akari to extend its winning streak to five in the PVL All-Filipino Conference. | Photograph COURTESY OF PVL

Choco Mucho relied on its balanced scoring to make short work of Akari, 25-23, 25-21, 25-19, for its fifth win in a row in the Premier Volleyball League All-Filipino Conference yesterday at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

Four Flying Titans scored in double figures in the 61-minute victory that hiked Choco Mucho’s win-loss record to 5-1.

Winger Isa Molde drilled 10 spikes to finish with 13 points, middle blocker Maddie Madayag had 13 points while Kat Tolentino and Sisi Rondina added 11 points each for the Flying Titans, who swept all of their last five opponents.

The Chargers absorbed back-to-back setbacks as they slid to a 3-3 slate.

Dindin Santiago-Manabat and Faith Nisperos scattered 12 and 10 points, respectively, for Akari.

Meanwhile, Cignal added more woes to the suddenly skidding Petro Gazz in a 25-15, 25-23, 18-25, 25-19, victory in the curtain-raiser.

Vanie Gandler posted a professional career-high 23 points she built on 19 kills, three kill blocks and an ace to pace the HD Spikers in capturing their fourth straight win.

Cignal’s sizzling run hiked its record to 4-2 tied with idle F2 Logistics while sending the Angels to a third defeat in a row.

HD Spikers head coach Shaq delos Santos praised Gandler’s impressive performance despite coming off a flu.

“Vanie was sick last Thursday and had to skip training. But despite that she played great today,” Delos Santos said.

“She’s really a fighter. Even before the start of this game I even mentioned that this kid is really a fighter.”

Cignal caught Petro Gazz napping in the opening frame but faced resistance late in the second set before pulling through.

The Angels behind Grethcel Soltones fought back to avoid a shutout only to crumble again in the fourth frame.

Ces Molina got 17 points including 15 attacks and Jovelyn Gonzaga provided seven markers and 19 digs for the HD Spikers.

Petro Gazz, who came off an exhausting five-set loss to defending champion Creamline last Thursday, slid to a 4-3 slate.

Soltones finished with 16 points, 13 digs and 12 excellent receptions while Remy Palma and Jonah Sabete fired 11 points each in a lost cause.

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