PVL: Bersola, Tiamzon hope Perlas can build on win over Adamson

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Nicole Tiamzon of BanKo-Perlas taps the ball over the block of Adamson’s Eli Soyud and Rizza Cruz. Josh Albelda, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – Former University of the Philippines (UP) stalwarts Nicole Tiamzon and Kathy Bersola hope their club team has turned a corner after Perlas-BanKo registered its first win of the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Open Conference on Sunday.

Perlas-BanKo opened its campaign in the league’s second conference with back-to-back losses, but finally broke through with a 25-18, 25-16, 21-25, 25-21 victory over the young Adamson University Lady Falcons on Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Both Tiamzon and Bersola played crucial roles in the win, with Tiamzon notching back-to-back aces in the final stretch of the fourth set, and Bersola coming through with the match-winner.

“Siyempre, malaking bagay siya, kasi seven games lang (ang elimination round), and we already lost two,” said Bersola, who had 13 points in the win. “Kumbaga, ideally, ‘yun na ‘yung ceiling ng talo for us.”

“We really wanted to win this, and sana sa upcoming games, makuha ulit namin,” she added.

[This is a big win for us, because there are only seven games in the elimination round, and we already lost two. Ideally, we won’t lose any more games after that. We really wanted to win this, and hopefully we win our upcoming games as well.]

Only the top four teams at the end of the brief elimination round will advance to the semifinals.

For Tiamzon, their victory against Adamson marked the first time that their strong practices translated in an actual game.

“Maganda naman ang performance namin sa training eh,” she said. “Tingin ko, kulang lang talaga sa nadadala namin dito sa game, and ang tiwala sa sarili and composure.”

[We perform well in training, we just have some problems when it comes to the games especially with our self-confidence and composure.]

Like Bersola, Tiamzon is hopeful that Perlas-BanKo can build on their win against Adamson, especially with games against two winless teams – Power Smashers and UP – still coming up for their team.

“Dapat (mag-build kami ng momentum),” said Tiamzon. “Kasi sayang naman ang pinagod namin.”

“I think, head start na rin sa amin (ito), nagkaroon kami ng kumpyansa,” she added. “Parang ngayon lang namin ulit na-feel ang pagkapanalo since the last conference, so hopefully in the next games, sana manalo na rin kami.”

[We should build our momentum from this, because we worked hard for it. I think we can gain confidence from this, especially since this is our first win since the last conference. Hopefully we win our next games as well.]

Perlas-BanKo faces the Power Smashers on Saturday, July 15.

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