Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Akari ousts Galeries, stays relevant

Fifi Sharma and Akari soar past Galeries Tower, 25-19, 25-17, 25-20, Saturday in the PVL All-Filipino Conference at the Sta. Rosa Sports Complex in Laguna. | Photograph COURTESY OF PVL

Akari needed an extra oomph to score a 25-19, 25-17, 25-20 win over Galeries Tower and keep its flickering hopes alive in the Premier Volleyball League All-Filipino Conference Saturday at the Sta. Rosa Sports Complex in Laguna.

Despite a shaky start, the Chargers, ranked seventh with a 3-5 slate, re-asserted their might in the latter half of the match, displaying their determination to remain in the hunt for the crown.

While the victory kept Akari at a distance from the joint fourth-running Petro Gazz and Chery Tiggo, both standing at 5-2, the Chargers remain positive, aiming to sweep their last three matches while hoping for the other contenders not to go over six wins.

Galeries Tower, meanwhile, bowed out of the race with a 2-6 record with the Highrisers facing a tough schedule ahead against the Farm Fresh Foxies and top teams like the Angels and the Crossovers in their last three games.

Looking to finish with a flourish after Joy Soyud scored on a kill block as Akari approached match point, 24-15, the Highrisers, spurred on by the enthusiastic crowd, rattled off five straight points to the surprise of the Chargers.

Akari coach Raffy Mosuela took no risks, sending back Grethcel Soltones to the game. However, it was Soyud who delivered the final blow, finishing off the Highrisers with a strong off-the-block hit that closed out the one-hour, 30-minute encounter.

Galeries Tower battled Akari in a back-and-forth encounter in the first set. But after forcing a standoff at 18 on Fifi Sharma’s service fault, the Chargers rallied to win seven of the next eight points with Dindin Manabat anchoring the Chargers’ blistering windup with a kill.

Akari maintained its momentum in the next frame, pulling away midway through to establish a dominant lead and sealing the deal with an emphatic third-set performance.

RJ Doromal’s drop shot ended the long spell for Galeries Tower but the Chargers regrouped and unloaded four more points against the Highrisers’ two to put the outcome beyond doubt.

Manabat provided not only the leadership but also the firepower as she led Akari’s assault with 16 points while Soltones supported with 12 points while demonstrating her defensive skills with 10 excellent digs and five receptions.

Sharma controlled the net with four blocks and finished with 10 points while Ezra Madrigal added nine points and Nisperos logged four points in a late stint in the third set for the Chargers, who finished with 42 attack points, eight blocks and five aces.

Galeries Tower, which posted 35 spikes, three blocks ang the same number of faces, drew 11 points from Elize Ronquillo, eight from Norielle Ipac, and seven points apiece from Audrey Paran and Doromal.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like


SOCIAL MEDIAManny Pacquiao knows his time is up. This was the keen observation made by a longtime member of his training team who spent...


SOCIAL MEDIAThe dynamic duo of Johnmar “OhMyV33nus” Villaluna and Danerie James “Wise” del Rosario is back with a bang after leading Blacklist International to...


SOCIAL MEDIAThe University Athletic Association of the Philippines will have a full calendar of sports events for Season 85 starting 1 October. UAAP President...


SOCIAL MEDIAECHO has revealed its roster for the upcoming M4 Mobile Legends World Championship to be held 1-15 January 2023 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The...


SOCIAL MEDIAIt’s going to be business as usual as the Philippine Basketball Association will not stop its on-court activities when it gives way for...


SOCIAL MEDIAIt doesn’t look as if newly-crowned Melvin Jerusalem will get the luxury of defending his minimumweight crown against a handpicked rival after the...


Mitchell, meanwhile, is a six-foot shooting guard frowm Hartford University.


SOCIAL MEDIALegendary boxing referee Carlos ‘Sonny’ Padilla was recently inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame. Famous for serving as the third man...